Friday, May 23, 2014

Sharing A Lifetime


Who would have thought  back in the early 1970's,  that I  
was about to meet someone and then spend the next 40 plus years with ?
Not I!


Until I met this guy, that is!
I had just come out of that proverbial closet
 and thought I had enough to deal with let alone to begin a relationship with someone.
And a man at that!


What was so special and attractive about this guy?
That is easy.
I got totally wrapped up in his enthusiasm for life.


He opened my eyes when they needed so badly to be opened
and focused on things I had never taken the time on which to focus.


The simpler things in life, like looking up at a tree while lying on the ground 
and seeing for the first time the framework of branches,
sliding along the mud flats of Minas Basin,
and learning to let go and really enjoy the environment around me.


His exuberance and enthusiasm for life caught me off-guard from the start.
I remember reading recently a lesson by Thich Nhat Hahn which said:
'Never extinguish enthusiasm'.


Well, this exactly sums up the guy who, so many years ago, stole my heart and soul.


It's this crazy guy you see almost weekly in one of my posts
and here he is again in all of these photos.


Ron and I are sharing our lives together.
I know this isn't earth-shattering news and so many people are doing this as well.


But yesterday afternoon this fact hit me between the eyes 
when I saw him high up on the dune grass
and he started to show the enthusiasm he had at that particular moment...
at the beach, the wind blowing, with very dramatic dark clouds as a backdrop
and the skies about to open up with rain.


I stood there for a second and smiled as I began to 'record' this on my camera.
It was all very spontaneous and nothing planned at all.
A very happy moment.....a celebratory moment in a way.


Ron has had a very difficult past couple of months
  learning to deal with his very first health crisis.  
Today I realized that he was going to be alright
and it became obvious to me as well that he realized
that the worst is behind now. He can begin to live his life again.

Lots more time ahead to lie on the ground and look up at the trees.

Oh, and thanks Ron for all that you have taught me......so far.







50 comments:

  1. Nice to see Ron so jubilant! Great shots!

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    1. It was Sharon! He's on his way back!!!

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  2. Jim, your words are the most heartfelt and loving, a tribute not only to Ron but yourself, the photos tell of happiness, exuberance, and joy in the moment of that special day. Big hugs from down under, Jean.

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    1. Your BIG HUGS are fully embraced Jean! That felt SO GOOD! Thanks.

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    1. This is Ron......getting the most and the best life has to offer.

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  4. You said in one of your comments to me that you could feel my joy. Well, I feel yours and Ron's - just barely :) - in this beautifully heartfelt post. The realization that there was more life waiting to be savoured seems to have hit both of you simultaneously. Just one of many signs that the two of you are meant to travel life's roads, wherever they take you, together.

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    1. Joy is good, Carol, as you well know.
      Thanks.

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  5. this is such a fabulous post. it brought a tear to my eye and i rarely cry! you two are so very lucky! we should all be so blessed in life. oh, and the fact that ron is gorgeous isn't bad either!!!

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    1. Glad I made you cry, Joyce! Crying is very cleansing. lol
      Yah, he ain't too bad at that!!

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  6. Oh Jim may you always be with Ron, your Love, your heart, is bigger, stronger, than any illness, any catastrophy, any armagadeon, your and Ron's heart are bigger than everything. I love the photo, I love happiness and i can breathe some in and feel the Love, thanks for sharing this fabulous, personal post...means the world to me~

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    1. Hey Alex! Awwww yourself! lol

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    2. *blblblblbablblblbbllblbbl* :P *hehehe*

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  8. Jim,
    Those photos are truly awesome of Ron
    Congrats on finding each other.
    I have been with my true love over 40 years as well, we met in '71 and married in '75 , life with him has been pure bliss

    I feel such a sense of joy on reading this post.

    May you and Ron always be blessed with nothing but good things

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    1. I had a feeling of joy putting this 'out there', Margie.
      Thank you.

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  9. Dance, dance, dance.

    Beautiful, spirit filled photos.

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    1. You got it, Marti! The spirit overtook him for a few minutes!

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  10. Jim,
    After I read this post I went and wrote this little poem
    Nothing special, it's about Ron and his joyful attitude.
    I know he's been through a lot lately and I'm glad he's doing well now.

    Consolation
    Trouble cannot keep
    me down
    when life seems a deep dark blue
    I know a little secret
    spring
    of JOY will soon come
    chucking
    through ....

    Best wishes to you and Ron
    Keep the joy, without joy in our lives, we don't have anything .

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    1. This is very special, Margie! Thank you so much.

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    2. Jim, you are so welcome.
      One word I messed up on, though
      Chucking should have been chuckling .... LOL that makes more sense.
      And thanks for the email ....
      Smiles

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    3. Oh you are a scamp Margie ~~ as I chuck chuck chuckle!!!

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  11. What a sweet and heartfelt post.

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  12. it's wonderful and amazing when you find it.......<3

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  13. It's so wonderful to see Ron celebrating life, and you celebrating Ron! I can feel the love. We've been blessed.

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    1. Sometimes Terry it takes a life-threatening experience to really open your eyes, doesn't it.

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  14. I'm glad you found each other. On Monday it will be one year since I met Willy Dunne Wooters.

    Love,
    Janie

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    1. Thanks Janie.
      Happy Anniversary too! It's the quality not the quantity that really counts, right?

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  15. ♥ This really speaks to my soul, Jim. I adore both of you, if you haven't figured that out by now. And in a way, this is earth-shattering news, because in this day and age even relationships seem to be disposable. The two of you set quite an example of what it truly means to love and cherish one another. Even though we haven't met (yet) in person, I think of you and Ron and Sophie as friends, and sincerely care about your well-being and happiness. I'm thrilled that you are all doing great, and enjoy following you three on your life's journey through your blogs.

    I love these photos of Ron. He reminds me of my husband who is also goofy like that, and someone who has taught me to set free, and celebrate, my own goofiness! 'Cause two goofballs are better than one :)

    May the two of you share many, many more wonderful and loving years together. xoxo

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    1. Thanks for this Martha.
      Through all the ups and downs in any relationship it is always important to celebrate one another and to be thankful.
      Your husband sounds perfect for you. Sometimes opposites are so good for one another......ask me! lol

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    1. Well hello there Ms.Texan! So good to see you!

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  17. You two are an inspiration to future generations!
    It is great to see both of you feeling better.

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    1. Yikes! No pressure there Stew!! lol
      Thanks buddy! We are getting there.

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  18. You are each other's soul mate! Congrats on 40 years!

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    1. That is true, Debra......a good way to look at it.

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  19. How Sweet! :) Congratulations on all your years together, Ron & Jim

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    1. Thanks Coop! Always good to hear from you.

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  20. How beautiful this is, Jim!
    I know how wonderful it is to have found your true love and soul mate.
    May you and Ron have many more great times together,

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    1. I am happy you know this, Pat. And likewise to you too!

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  21. Dearest Jim- I can't even begin to tell you how these photos made me smile:)

    I pray that the difficult times are truly in the past for you both- you are so blessed to have each other.

    Much love--
    Vicki

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    1. Thank you Vicki.
      Made me smile too.

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  22. Happy Anniversary to the two of you! Finding true love, lasting love, is indeed a great gift; I am so happy that the two of you have had this gift for so long. I look forward to celebrating our 40th when that day comes! And I'm thankful that this health crisis is on its way out ("in the rear-view mirror," as they say). May health and happiness bloom and grow even more in your lives!

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  23. Thank you Karen for the well wishes. Our actual anniversary is in July but on this particular day when I was looking up at Ron on the dunes I had a 'flash' of memories from over the years. Ron has always had an exuberance for life and I really felt privileged I was part of it at that moment. His energy had disappeared for a while after his heart attack in February but is on the way back.

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  24. This is lovely! I am so glad you have each other, to share life with. I wasn't around 40 years ago, but I know it must have been much less accepted for a man to love another man, or a woman to love another woman back then, but happiness is all the matters, and you are clearly both so very happy, and so very in love, and that makes me happy too! Here is to many more years together, and more funny crazy moments of random poses on a hill! Lots of big rainbow coloured hugs!!!
    Hayley-Eszti

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    1. Thank you Hayley-Eszti. Those hugs felt good!

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  25. I blush as usual and laugh!!!!!!!!
    Ron here!

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