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September 23 - A Message From Heaven?

Friday, September 23, 2016

I posted on my Facebook page this evening that today is the birthday for two special people in my life. One is Jack. He was my boss at my first "real" job after college. Working for and with him gave me foundational skills that have kept me working all these years. I emailed him to wish him a happy birthday and he is, once again, starting a new job. I wish him well.

The other person is my cousin's widow, Norma. She's family for sure! She has not been in touch today and I hope members of her large family have kept her busy today and made it a day of love. Jack, her husband and my cousin, died last summer, just over a year ago. He had cancer. I recently learned it was from Agent Orange exposure when he was in the Army in Vietnam. His grand niece posted on Facebook a few days ago that she had found a hat pin that said Agent Orange Vietnam Vet Survivor or something like that. I found one on ebay and ordered it so I could honor his memory by wearing it, too.

The pin came today, much earlier than I anticipated. That pin coming on Norma's birthday felt as if it were more than a coincidence. I sent Norma a note about it and have not heard back which makes me think she's away from her laptop today and that's wonderful!

Happy birthday, Jack, and thanks for the lessons learned. Happy birthday, Norma, and love without end.
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