Sunday, March 7, 2010

Nothing But Blue Skies

Last week my neighbor, Lou, lost her husband. He was 83 years old and had lived a very happy life. His beautiful garden is something to behold and his family, friends and neighbors all adored him. One incredible thing I knew about him was that his kids, growing up, asked for a swimming pool. He didn't have the money to put towards a pool but he asked the kids to help him build one. It took about 6 months to complete the digging but all the kids helped and to this day there is a large pool - 8-ft deep in the backyard. All the kids and grand kids come throughout the summer and enjoy summer by the pool. I had no idea that you could use a pick axe and dig a hole as big as a pool but Carl did. His entire yard is amazing.

Yesterday was a lovely day and I had promised Lou that I would come have coffee with her. It was a perfect day so I decided to walk over for a visit. When I got there she was sitting outside just taking in the sun and looking around the yard. We sat and talked for a long time and there were so many things she shared that made me realize that she and her husband had such a special relationship. They cherished one another. They still dated, playing cards every Thursday night, then going out on a date every Friday and Saturday night.

With every word she spoke describing her husband, Lou's eyes would light up and she finally looked at me and said, "every where I look, including at the beautiful blue sky, I see my Carl." He loved being a part of this beautiful world.

If only we could all keep our eyes and hearts open to our beautiful world. On the way home I had to sing to myself.
Blue skies
Smiling at me
Nothing but blue skies
Do I see

Singing a song
Nothing but bluebirds
All day long

Never saw the sun shining so bright
Never saw things going so right
Noticing the days hurrying by
When you're in love, my how they fly

Blue days
All of them gone
Nothing but blue skies
From now on


  1. That is such a special feeling she has. Great memories and so nice for her to share with you.

  2. I'm glad she had you to share with her - her memories. She probably needs to do that for awhile. Your a good friend and from that - you learned to sing!


  3. beautiful just shows that we never really know the depths of love that others share, only our own.

  4. If we got the weather for open air pools over here that's EXACTLY the sort of thing my hubby, Keith, would do!

  5. Such a touching post Cheryl! Give my condolences to Lou! Tell her how you wrote about their beautful relationship and that every person who read this post said a prayer fpr her dear husband.

  6. My thoughts and prayers are with your dear friend, Jo.

  7. That is so sweet - thanks for sharing such a wonderful story! Linda

  8. This was such a sweet and beautiful post. You've touched my heart and I needed that. Sometimes I forget there is that kind of love in this world. Thanks so much, Friend. God bless them, both.

  9. What a wonderful memory about your neighbor. I would love to see his yard.
    I enjoyed visiting your blog this morning.
    Ill be back.


    White Spray Paint

  10. What a lovely post...It's funny everytime I go outside to walk the dog and I look up on days when our sky here is as blue as the picture you posted I always think of that song.....I know all the words but never thought Boo would appreciate me singing it to him....