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Friday, 3:36 pm

Circle of Life…The Update

My parents are safely settled into their new digs in Nashville, Tennessee…and as you can see from this pic, it looks like they are TOTALLY EMBRACING this new “path unwinding” in their CIRCLE OF LIFE.

They attended the GRAND OLE OPRY last night and watched their sons (the Gatlin Brothers) perform…SWEET!

But they also made a big splash backstage at the Opry, re-connecting with Country Music legends Ricky Skaggs, Sharon White, and Buck White among others.

My dad said. “Your mom and I were treated like we were the new 
up-and-coming act in Country Music. Jim Ed Brown (Country Music Royalty!!!) welcomed us back to the GRAND OLE OPRY from the stage!”

CUDOS to this 85 and 86 year old couple who have been married for 67 years! Countless lessons to be learned from them…!

…Just another leg on their journey in “THE CIRCLE OF LIFE!”

Country Music Legends with Memaw and Boppy Gatlin

Country Music Legends with Memaw and Boppy Gatlin

Circle of Life

On Monday, I enjoy a long over-due lunch with a friend I’ve known for more than 30 years. She buried her husband a month ago, after giving him around-the-clock care for three years after he suffered a stroke in 2010.

On Wednesday at 3:39 pm our daughter gave birth to our sixth grandchild a 10 pound boy…James Timothy…named after his father and his grandfather (my husband Tim).

On Sunday, Father’s Day, I will put my 86 year old father and my 84 year old mother on an airplane to Tennessee. They are moving back to Nashville after a 20 year stint in their native Texas to be near more family members. They’ve lived within one mile of us for the past ten years…six of those years right across the street.

Quite an eventful week, wouldn’t you agree?

As I ponder all of this, I’m reminded of the lyrics to Sir Elton John’s iconic song ‘Circle of Life’ from The Lion King:

“In the circle of life
It’s the wheel of fortune
It’s the leap of faith
It’s the band of hope
Till we find our place
On the path unwinding
In the circle, the circle of life”

I don’t know what it is like to bury a husband.

I don’t know what it is like to give birth to a fourth child…I had only two, and neither weighed in at 10 pounds!

I am not getting on an airplane to Nashville, Tennessee on Father’s Day.

But this much I know…I believe Sir Elton nailed it with those lyrics.

May we all embrace “the path unwinding” in our circle of life.

Father, grandson, grandfather

Father, grandson, grandfather

Parents on their wedding day in 1946

Parents on their wedding day in 1946

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