(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;
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
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What was Lori's evening like last night (December 6, 2004)?
Of course, she was tired - as she has been. However, just a little rest seems to do the trick and she's back to her normal self; but she does tire again much easier and sooner.
Last night Lori requested to watch the classic movie, "The Sound of Music" (1965) - a setting that takes place in Austria in the late 1930's - at the very beginnings of the movement of the German military machine from the perimeter of it’s borders to the outlaying countries of Europe. A woman (played by, and rightfully so - Julie Andrews, who is always pleasant to watch and hear) leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to a Naval officer widower (Christopher Plummer - another actor with an extraordinary career) with 7 children ranging from the ages of 16 on down to 3 or 4. It becomes a love story between the father and the governess; as well as between the children and the governess.
This is a movie that she and Evan, when young children, used to watch over and over again. It's a movie centered in faith of the Lord Jesus Christ, motherhood, fatherhood, family, freedom, love of country of origin, love of the outdoors with accompanying and everlasting confirmation of the power and beauty of God's great creations for us, and, of course, sweet music for the ears and the soul.
Lori's comment to me as her and I laid on the bed to watch this movie in the master bedroom - with it's surround sound setup and cozy surroundings, "Dad, they just don't make movies like this anymore."
And, my mind drifted to what seemed like a million visions of fatherhood that will be forever stored in my brain’s memory bank for the duration of my time here on earth - and my heart was filled with both a sorrow, but yet laced in equal portions with happiness.
Why sorrow? I'm really not sure, except, that I know that a large portion of these feelings I have described in my writings - a listing of which have been posted at the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name/larry_blakeley/articles/articles_larry_blakeley.htm
And, where does the happiness come from? With me, it's the confirmation in my heart that I gave to my children what they wanted most - my time. I gave up the corporate struggle and retreated back to the places of my soul that my heart was leading me to - a soul of values, principles, and morals that my parents taught to me - values that are evident throughout the love story that I am describing with the story between my father, Roy James Blakeley, and my mother, Johnnye (Ashton) Blakeley. This story is still in progress and can be found at the Web page http://www.royblakeley.name
And, when I turn to look at my children I see "me and Jackie." And, when I turn to look at my children's friends I see their "parents" - for I look much deeper than a face. I listen, look, and then I "know" who they are.
And, knowing this about my children’s friends makes me feel a deep sense of soothing comfort and peace - for I know they are again in the presence of others with souls of goodness.
And, this is what characterizes Lori’s life even today - a life surrounded by "good hands, souls of goodness, and people who care about her."
So, as I reached up and stroked her forehead - she turned to look at me, and said, "I love you, Dad." And, of course, I replied, "I love you too, Lori."
And, I know that no mountain of money in the world can purchase or take the place of these tender moments of truth we have with our children. This is just one of many, many moments like this that I have had the privilege of sharing with my children over the past 25 years.
This tender moment is what my heart wanted to express to other families that cherish these values so dearly.
- "Lori, and a Tender Moment," Larry Blakeley, December 7, 2004.