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Old 03-11-2016, 03:38 AM   #1981
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Sounds like a good plan, Evelyn, especially spending several days at the dealership to run your new baby thru its paces.

I wish we had had that option, tho I did have the service guy there on speed dial the first couple of months.


Thank you for the kind words, AirHog.

I know some very fine folks from Rhode Island, and will be seeing them in a few weeks at Alumalina.

If you haven't been to one of those, that is a really great group to spend time with....with really good people, John & Susan Leake, at the helm.

Slept with all the windows open last night, the pounding surf lulling me to sleep.

My two weeks here have been wonderful, but gone very fast, tho I have a near-full laundry bag to show for it.

I was determined not to make the 45 minute trek back into Charleston for a laundry run this time, essentially burning up 1/2 day, and am very proud of myself for that accomplishment.....tho I am starting to run low on some critical items.

There is a Blue Beacon in Columbia, which I will be stopping at on my way to Devils Fork, too.

Spring break has begun, and a lot of young people have come into the campground to enjoy the beach here.

It is indeed a beautiful place.


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Old 03-11-2016, 04:39 AM   #1982
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"3rd beach walk of the day, Lily comes back so full of sand it is almost pointless to try to wipe anything off her feet. "

What we do with our two and sand is before they go in the trailer we have a plastic bin, which we fill with fresh water and have them stand in it, wipe the feet off when they get onto our outside mat and then into the trailer. We actually have to do the same here at home as when snow melts our yard turns to a semi swamp. It helps a little anyway.

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Old 03-11-2016, 11:44 AM   #1983
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News bulletin....

To drive a golf cart on the beach here, one must have a handicap tag issued by the DMV.

It makes sense, tho I had rented one for shelling in the remote location during Jane's visit tomorrow...and returned to the Park....before being informed of this by the ranger at the entrance.

It simply didn't occur to me, and the rental place failed to tell me. Full refund issued.

One could easily imagine hordes of golf carts up and down the beach, disturbing the peace and beauty of this place.

We wouldn't want that.


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Old 03-11-2016, 11:58 AM   #1984
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Thanks, Maggie...l like your quote above. Nice! Evelyn.
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Old 03-11-2016, 02:11 PM   #1985
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Walking on the beach with Lily a bit ago, I was thinking of Doug..... two years ago today, just returning home from Georgia, it was a Friday....

Also have been thinking a lot of how far I have come....I no longer feel like I'm living someone else's life, or that I have put on someone else's coat which just doesn't feel like mine.

It's mine. This life belongs to me now.

I own it, and I'm doing it.

Remembering last year here at this time....walking out onto the beach on March 6th, crying a bit and talking to Doug, this around the time I had called an ambulance, screamed out the door for help, and begun CPR....and there were two starfish, side by side.

Starfish...special to us at Edisto, and which we had talked about many times. A sign? Yes, a sign...for me, from Doug, that he was there.

Another day last year, I believe on March 9th, I found two sand dollars, side by side....also special to us at Edisto. Another sign? Yes.

Two by two, came these signs last year. This year...I found a large starfish here, all by itself, and twice sand dollars, also standing alone.

Today, walking and remembering and thanking Doug for hanging around to help me thru all this, and thinking I haven't had anything that seemed like a sign from him since the TV turned itself on in the night...twice, no less....during the confluence of days in February which were always so significant for him.

Wondering, will I still have signs he is there, now that I am doing so much better?

I then almost stepped on this piece of shell.

Look
at this.

A sign? Yes. . How many hearts did he draw for me over the years, with our initials inside....and I still have every one of them.

He's still here, but...like me...it's different.

I am a lucky woman, to have had this man in my life.


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Old 03-11-2016, 02:21 PM   #1986
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My daughter has just reminded me that Doug died on March 12th, not March 9th.

I had moved everything back 3 days.

I have already had my anniversary moments, and it isn't even time yet.

I'm sure Doug forgives me.


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Old 03-11-2016, 03:07 PM   #1987
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We ramp up for Christmas long before 25 Dec. Surely we can ramp up for mourning just the same, after what is Lent?
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Old 03-11-2016, 03:43 PM   #1988
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The sentiment is the same, and that's what matters, doesn't it. Thank you for giving it words.

March 9th was the day he was stricken, and basically died as he never regained consciousness.

I haven't had to write and say the date of his death so many times this past year, or have a memorial bench engraved, or deal with medical bills with an end date of March 12, 2014....I'm feeling a bit chagrined, but refusing to beat myself up over mourning, remembering and thinking of him with love and gratitude...early.


On another note, the 3 small children missing, then found, have apparently been in child services custody/foster care since found and while the investigation into the incident is pending....that seems an appropriate response, to me, given their ages.

Someone was asleep at the switch.


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The sentiment is the same, and that's what matters, doesn't it. Thank you for giving it words.

March 9th was the day he was stricken, and basically died as he never regained consciousness.

I haven't had to write and say the date of his death so many times this past year, or have a memorial bench engraved, or deal with medical bills with an end date of March 12, 2014....I'm feeling a bit chagrined, but refusing to beat myself up over mourning, remembering and thinking of him with love and gratitude...early.


On another note, the 3 small children missing, then found, have apparently been in child services custody/foster care since found and while the investigation into the incident is pending....that seems an appropriate response, to me, given their ages.

Someone was asleep at the switch.


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Obviously your heart knew he was already gone despite the paperwork. Remembering him on the ninth seems more appropriate to me.

I'm happy catch up on your travels and glad your trip has been as grand as expected. Hope your next will also be fruitful. Take care Maggie.
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Old 03-11-2016, 05:26 PM   #1990
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I believe that Doug cashed out on the 9th and it took his body until the 12th to figure out that it was over. Both dates are valid. My father had a massive stroke and never regained consciousness. It took 5 days for the body to figure out that he was gone. (he was a tough old bird)
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Old 03-11-2016, 06:16 PM   #1991
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Y'all are so sweet, and thank you.

You know, my only regret during that time was that he never regained consciousness, I never got to look him in the eye, tell him I loved him one last time, and goodbye.

He knew I loved and appreciated him, we shared that with each other every day, and I had no guilt for words and love unspoken.

But, I wish we could have said goodbye. It tore my heart out for the longest time.

For over a year after, I had persistent, recurring images of us standing, hugging, snuggling in each other's necks....one of those really good hugs...always in the Interstate, always in the same place, just inside the door. I couldn't get it out of my head.

We were touchers and huggers, but this was always in the same place, always exactly the same. And, it was dark.

Last spring, I had this epiphany that Doug was sending that image to me...telling me that we did say goodbye, that he held me when I cried that night on March 12th, when I went into the Interstate to go to bed and saw his tennis shoes still sitting there where he had taken them off on March 9th.

He died shortly after 5 pm, the girls and I talked for awhile and then got some dinner, so it would have been 8:30-9:00 pm...dark.

I burst into tears when I saw those shoes, and just stood there, sobbing.

I believe he was trying to tell me that he held me while I cried that night.

Once I realized that, I stopped having those images in my head, and the wish that we could have said goodbye lessened. He was telling me that we had.

Maybe there's a reason my mind backed this all up 3 days. I don't know right now, maybe I will figure it out.

I did find that almost perfect heart shaped piece of shell today pretty wild, and that I happened on it just as all this emotion was going thru me.

Sigh. Life.


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Maggie, your poignant musings are understandable. As discussed before...there is no right or wrong...no time table. I believe our loved ones linger for as long and as often as they determine that we need them. Perhaps he isn't finished yet.

Lynn still makes an occasional visit to her sister, Deb...as Deb still has lingering issues from time to time...regarding Lynn and their brother Rick. She seems to know I'm no longer in need as is Deb.

It appears to me that the departed may have a differing idea of our needs, than we realize.
It is a mystery, indeed. Blessings. Evelyn.
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Maggie,

Haven't followed all of your posts, you've been a busy lady. But saw something in the preview that caught me eye and I read several above posts.

Let me just send you a hug from the edge of my backyard campfire here in SC tonight.

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Maggie, the unconscious still can maintain the ability to hear...(one of the last senses to leave...) and they can also be aware of presence of loved ones...even though their body is unable to react.

And that heart shaped shell?....sent to you at a time you truly needed it. Even though you have done all the hard work of grief and survival, events, memories, anniversaries...all can bring the pain of grief flooding back, a part of humanity and our frailty. Keeping in mind that you are consistently drawn back to those places that were so special to you both. Doug is still telling you, "honey, I'm still here...for as long as you need me". He is not finished in his mission. Embrace and hold it all to your heart.
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Thanks, folks.

I can't talk about this any more tonight

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I had a friend at work who survived a near-death experience. He told us that he heard every word the doctors said and knew everything they did during the time he was medically dead.

I'm sure Doug heard you say good-bye.
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My mind played quite a trick on me, these past few days, but I'm going to believe there was a reason for it and not hold any hard feelings against it.

Every time I look at that little shell heart, I will remember Doug, Edisto and this particular anniversary. I might have it put into a necklace, or something I can keep close to me..

I've been thinking I need to develop an area in my little house for "Edisto Colors"....the sea, the sand, the shades of cream, pink, orange, brown, tan and deep blues of the shells here.

Some of them, the colors are... so...beautiful...that I want to surround myself with them, climb inside and make a nest.

I must find a spot, and a medium, to reflect this beloved place back at me from afar, every time I look at it...paint a wall, buy some pillows...something.

Jane is bringing her big pup and coming down today. I am delighted to spend more time with her.

We will visit, we will walk our dogs on the beach, and we will have lunch at McConkeys Jungle Shack....Doug's favorite of the few restaurants here, and where I have not yet been this trip.

And, today, March 12th, is the second anniversary of Doug's death.

I've already gone thru my stuff, and I will remember this one.


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Old 03-12-2016, 05:22 AM   #1998
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I believe Doug heard me and felt me, too, Mimi, and that he stayed with me, at my side, at the hospital, then all the way home and at least thru his funeral.

It was not having one moment of awareness that I agonized over, but I've let that go and realized this was best for him.

Sigh.


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A virtual hug to you today. I'll bring a real one to Wyoming.
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Maggie and Lily---
Be sure to tell Beacon you've been in sand area with salt spray and you want top and undercarriage washed also, will really help protect from corrosion.
Also be sure to ask them to use Rain-X on your Interstate, living at the beach I've found it has been doing a great job of helping to protect the finish.
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