Thoughts from Leslie, Spring of 2000…


Leslie Vogel and Kim Jones


The Merry Merry Month of May

Make way

one by one    two by two    or more

the annual right-to-do-whatever-I-want-to

Spring in through the door, glaring

indignation –

“Take this “blanking” registration.

Rules are absurd!

(planting becomes a dirty word)

Your mower ran over my flower!

My evergreen looks obscene!

You took my hook!  Who runs this place?

Mutilated my vase!  It’s a disgrace!

Dare you take my bush away!”

Mayday!  Mayday!

Blood pressure rises, our patience decreases

Temptation to ‘Kick in the butt’ pops up

God sends

One smiling sweet sincerity

“I’m proud my grandparents are buried in

     this beautiful cemetery.  thank you very much!”


What a life.  Take care of death and memory.

Forgetting in order that we help others remember


Two by two one by one

Out of the building we run – done

Call it a day in May

Will the June bugs come out tomorrow?

All we can do is pray


Leslie, you will always be loved by those whose lives you touched.  You will be missed.  It is always a tragedy when one of God’s best is taken away.  So many lives will be poorer now that you have gone home to Jesus.  We are certainly sad for us, but for you, there will be nothing but joy, peace, comfort, and love as you are welcomed by our Lord and Savior.  There is an old saying that beauty is only skin deep, but your beauty came through to all you touched.  Please remember us as we struggle to become but half the gentle soul that you were during your all too short of a stay on planet Earth.

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