… and it’s all because of you…

11 Apr

Here are the lyrics of one of my all-time favorite songs — the best version for me was on the album “Pancho and Lefty” that Willie Nelson and Merle Haggard released on October 21, 1983 (see http://www.amazon.com/Pancho-Lefty-Merle-Haggard/dp/B0045DO888/ref=sr_1_fkmr3_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1334128584&sr=8-1-fkmr3)

My Life’s Been A Pleasure

Recorded by Willie Nelson
Written by Jesse Ashlock 

G
I still love you as I did in yesterday
     D7                                             G
Many years have gone by though it seems just like a day

It's no wonder that I love you  you have been so kind and true
           D7                                      G
There will never be another it will always be just you

             D7                   C
We've come a long way together to prove our love is true
A7                            D7
My life's been a pleasure and it's all because of you
G
And to me you'll always be just as sweet as flowers in May
    D7                                    G
And I'll still love you as I did in yesterday

             D7                   C
We've come a long way together to prove our love is true
A7                            D7
My life's been a pleasure and it's all because of you
G
And to me you'll always be just as sweet as flowers in May
    D7                                    G
And I'll still love you as I did in yesterday

    D7                                    G
And I'll still love you as I did in yesterday

......................36 years ago...
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Here we are at 36 years old - 36 years ago

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Yes… so far, “my life’s been a pleasure and it’s all because of you…”

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Home Depot is cutting back hours for part-timers. When I started, a couple months ago, I was at between 26 and 31 hours. This week will be 19.5 — then next week at 16.5 and today the new schedule was posted… I’m scheduled for 9.5 hours for the last week of April.  Happy Birthday…

Yessir — another birthday coming up next week… #72.  Old age is creeping up slowly.  I’m not “old” yet, but I think it’s around the corner.  I noticed a BIG change when I left my 60s and got started with the 70s.  The change has been a combination of emotional and physical. Emotionally, you’re aware that this could be the last decade, or maybe the last day, but there’s no way of knowing.  Just the thought of things winding down is quite disturbing, so I don’t think about it.  I used to have a terrible fear of dying in my late 30s, but now the fear factor has subsided somewhat, although if I dwell on it, it do be scary.  Physically, I don’t have the endurance I used to have — when I’m riding the bike, I can’t “push” for very long… get tired quickly.  Dang it.  This is not good  : (

But, I still have PLENTY to do — the list is very long… very long.  No end in sight.  So, that’s good.

In fact, I have so much to do that I’m not sure where to start. Rather than picking one project and sticking with it until it’s done, my style has been to start a few projects and then jump from one to the other. It works for me — I like that style because if I lose interest in one, or determine that it’s not worth pursuing, then I haven’t put a lot of time into it.

That’s an option for you … you don’t have to do what you think your parents want you to do — I didn’t, and my life has turned out very well (for instance, my parents did not want me to marry Sylvia — they missed that call by a mile.  Marrying Sylvia was the best thing that ever happened to me).

Parents aren’t as smart as they think they are.  They make mistakes – they get things wrong.  I’m a firm believer in “Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.” (Proverbs 22:6).  They do their best and try to make good decisions, but they make mistakes.  We followed Proverbs 22:6 as well as we could and I think our kids are doing quite well — they have their problems, but, the big picture is pretty darn good, and I’m very grateful to the God of Abraham, Issac and Jacob for his many many blessings over these past 72 years.

Time for another photo — I love photos…  how about this one:

Sylvia's home in Dublin, Ireland

Here’s a history of that part of Dublin:  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cabra,_Dublin

This house on the left is where Sylvia spent most of her early years (I think — have to check on the details… you would think I’d know that by now). In the early years, that garage was not there, so the Bergin family lived in that small (believe me, it’s small) 2-bedroom house… mom, dad and seven kids. Things were really rough in the 40s and 50s — she has many scary stories to tell of that era. But, at the age of 17, the family moved to Southampton (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Southampton). She said she thoroughly enjoyed that year in England and didn’t want to return to Dublin.

Perhaps that’s one of the reasons she left Dublin in 1961 to work in Germany. I’m glad she made that decision because I got to meet her in 1963.  Amazing how things work — that’s another one of my favorites:  “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.” Romans 8:28.

Speaking of getting called… I’m getting called to stop for now and get some shut-eye.

Until later…

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Johnny

aka John aka JB aka Brez

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One Response to “… and it’s all because of you…”

  1. Charles Jones April 11, 2012 at 10:51 AM #

    Hi Brez-
    Do you ever think of what your life would have been like if you listened to your folks? You followed your heart and married a pretty red haired Irish lass.

    I am certain that my wife saved my life many times over with her love and understanding.

    Sorry to hear about the HD cutbacks, The news tells us that everything is rosy with our economy, so why the constant cutbacks?

    Like you say we should rejoice with what we have instead of always wanting more.

    The best to you and your loved ones.

    Chuck

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