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(Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

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A listing and access link to all:
song lyrics and mp3 audio files http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/ (all of which are a part of this Web site) can be accessed simply by selecting the "htm" file for the song you want;

poetry http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/poetry.htm;

quotations http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/quotations.htm; and

essays written by Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm,

all of which are used to tell the story in this Web site, can be accessed by going to each respective link set out above.

My son, Larry Blakeley http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/larryblakeley_photos_jpeg.htm manages this Web site and the following Web sites:

Larry Blakeley (Contact Info: larry at larryblakeley.com)

Leslie (Blakeley) Adkins - my granddaughter

Lori Ann Blakeley (June 20, 1985 - May 4, 2005) - my granddaughter

Evan Blakeley- my grandson

Major Roy James Blakeley (December 10, 1928 - July 22, 1965) - USAF (KIA)

When I was young my dad would say
Come on son let's go out and play

No matter how hard I try
No matter how many tears I cry
No matter how many years go by
I still can't say goodbye

- "I Still Can't Say Goodbye," Performer: Chet Atkins

MP3 audio file/lyrics http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/songs/still_cant_say_goodbye.htm

For a larger image click on the photograph.

When Robert reached the end of his endurance it happened all at once. And, he sank into that dirty, dark body of water that had suddenly become a place of destruction. And, I saw his head bob back up to the surface a couple of times before I reached him.

And, what laid in store for me was a surprise I will never forget. He was frightened - just like a horse that had become spooked and was out of his head with fear - to be replaced with the involuntary instinct of survival.

And, when I did reach Robert - I had a quick lesson in what not to do in this situation. You see, I had never taken a life-saving course - and it showed because I entered his zone of reach - and reach he did. He reached out and grabbed me - and, we both went down - down under - down into the belly of that dirty, dark churning water. And, right there - for the first time in my young life - I knew that I was going to die in someone else's arms - Robert's.

- "The Day She Let Her Guard Down," Larry Blakeley, November 16, 2004

Directory: http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/

File Name: day_let_guard_down (2,617 words; 18 minutes @180 words/minute)

Post Date: November 16, 2004 at 11:20 PM CST: November 17, 2004 at 0520 GMT