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Ode To Jenna

Friends, there are occasions in our lives, special occasions when we are given the gift of meeting singular people of character.  People who by their spirit and tenacity for living have an impact on our lives.  In my experience, these meetings are uncommon and should be treated and recognized as what they are…..A gift, nothing less.  There is one such young lady it was my pleasure to have met.  In a space of only a few years, I watched this friend of mine grow through her life.  Growth is not usually easy and her situation was no exception.  She endured much pain and this pain was on all levels.  Physical pain from a bad accident which demanded many visits to the hospital for surgeries and therapies as well as a battle against an infection she contracted while in the hospital.  Emotional and mental pain from a number of life situations that were unfair to one so young.  And one cannot go through these experiences without it affecting their spirit as well.  There were times of tears and periods of doubt that plagued this young woman.  I knew only parts of it.  Much of it she battled on her own.

I am more than happy to say that these days, her life is so much better.  No more visits to the hospital.  She has found love and is more than deserving of it.  I met the fellow and he is a good man and a kind person.  She is very much involved now in rescue operations for neglected and abused animals.  It has become her passion and I am so proud of my good friend.  The poem that follows here was one that I had written for her during one of her hospital stays.  I wrote it because Life was hitting her pretty hard and I did not want her to forget who she was.  Because in the midst of pain, we can forget.  She was in a great deal of pain at that time and to be honest, I am not sure if she ever read it or realized I had given it to her.  But as a tribute to her spirit, I wish to post it here.  She is, as they say, one of the good ones.  I am fortunate to know her.  One additional note, if I may.  Are there any singular people of character you have met along your Life journey?  If this be the case, let them know how special they are.  And do so today for tomorrow is not promised us, yes?

Her heart full of kindness, of caring, compassion.

Her smile, a pleasure, sincere and so warm.

Her laughter, like music, delightful to hear.

Her eyes, wide and luminous, reflects what’s inside.

Her voice, soft and gentle, yet somehow it’s strong,

mirrors the strength from within.

Her manner is poised, tho’ sometimes unsure

as she continues to learn who she is.

Her mind is a wonder, so sharp, so receptive,

her talents are many, some yet undiscovered.

Her emotions are varied but she strives to be happy.

When she speaks, she speaks truth,

there is no guile in her.

These are parts of her character, some things I’ve perceived.

Oft times I do wonder why others do not see what I see.

And oft-times I do wonder if this young woman knows, herself, what I know.

Those who are special are rare, hard to find,

a true gift to this world from the heavens above.

I speak only the truth, Jenna.

Remember that always.



Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.




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Canine Confusion

I believe that we all have an odd or unusual thought cross our mind once in a while. At least I hope this is the case as I wouldn’t want to be alone in this.  You have had this occur also?  I must say that is a bit of a relief.  Well, the thought I am going to share with you is perhaps a bit silly.  However, we need a bit of  “silly” in our lives from time to time which is why I decided to have some fun with my slightly peculiar thought.  I appreciate your indulgence here.  I hope it brings a smile to you!

If I were a dog, what breed would best suit me?  An odd question but an interesting concept to say the least.  At first thought, I picture myself as some noble breed, say a Doberman Pinscher.  Yeah, that’s the one.  A Doberman, sleek and tall with intelligent eyes, ever alert and ever ready.  Yes, that’s me alright.  But wait!  Perhaps I am more like a German Shepherd who is much like the Doberman.  Intelligent, watchful and very loyal.  Of course, the shepherd has a lot of fur and I would have no aversion to an abundance of hair follicles.  So, I would be a German Shepherd.  I am certain of this…..I think.

However, there is the Collie.  You know, Lassie who is always loyal and true and is always saving little Timmy from some sort of disaster.  A true canine hero if there ever was one!  Except, of course, for Rin-Tin-Tin.  He was a German Shepherd.  So, now I am back to that breed again.  Hmmmmmmm……..you know, after thinking about it for a while, I’ve figured out something.  The canine hero types have a lot expected of them, always saving someone from one thing or another.  Who needs all the pressure, you know?

So, if I am not the hero type (although I am very loyal), then what breed of dog am I most like?  I cannot be a hunting dog or any sort of retriever because I do not hunt and believe it wrong to do so.  Although, cocker spaniels are no longer used for hunting and are more of a household dog now.  They are extremely loyal as well as affectionate and they’re really good with kids.  Now, that could be a breed that would suit me for I am all of that and more.  Yep, that’s me alright.  A taffy colored cocker spaniel…….that is unless I’m more like one of those dogs with the long fur, an Afghan hound I believe they are called.  But if I be an Afghan hound, then we’re back to that whole hair thing again.  So, leave us not go there.

Of course, I could be one of those Chinese dogs……a Sharpe’ or something like that.  Oh, wait just a minute here!  Time out!  They have that whole pudgy, wrinkly thing going’ on.  I certainly don’t need any of that.  Of this, I am sure!  And I know I am not cut out to be a poodle.  Could you imagine me as a poodle??  No!!  I shudder at the very thought.

You know, I had figured this to be an easy subject to cover, this odd query of mine.  On the contrary, it has proven itself to be quite difficult indeed!  Let us see here.  I could be a Daschund…..no, too built too low to the ground.  I mean, at the risk of sounding indelicate, how do they go to the bathroom anyway??  Ummmmm….How about a big old St. Bernard?  Well, maybe not since they have to go out in the cold and rescue people.  The way I see it, that’s a double negative.  Not only do you have to do the hero thing but you have to do it in sub-zero temperatures.  Thanks just the same, but no.

Sooooo…..What about being a Boxer?  Say, that’s not bad, not bad at all.  I could learn to deal with the whole pushed-in face thing, I suppose.  And Boxers are tough.  No one messes with them, right?  But that raises another issue.  A Rocky Balboa kinda guy I’m not.  Plus, it goes back to the whole image thing, you know?  Who needs the added stress?  Not this kid, that’s for sure.  However, I still have not determined what breed of dog I would be, if I were indeed such an animal.  Being a chihuahua is out for two reasons.  They are small and they are annoying.  And I am not small.  Annoying at times?  Yes.  Small, no.

I suppose I could be an Elkhound but that poor fellow has got to be confused.  Am I a dog or a deer?  Whew, talk about a complex!  So, that’s not a good choice either.  I really am in a quandary here.  What to do, what to be…….Hey! I do believe I’ve hit on the perfect type of dog, one that would suit me the best.  I am sure you’ve heard of this infamous breed before.  It’s called “Heinz 57”, also known as mixed or affectionately called a “mutt”.  Well, maybe we’ll leave the “mutt” part out.  However, this is the perfect blend of breeds, as it were.  I would have the courage of Lassie, the sharp senses and strength of Rin-Tin-Tin, the affection and loyalty of a Cocker Spaniel and the intelligence of a Doberman Pinscher.  And of course, being a “Heinz 57”, I would have other innumerable good qualities as well.  It would be, as they say, the best of all worlds.

Well my good friends, I trust that this will suffice as a suitable answer to the question I posed here this evening.  I thank you for your patience as this subject has certainly tested mine!!

Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.

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