For Ryan, Krista, Dawnie and Annie

    I have been thinking a great deal lately about what message, lessons I would like to leave for my kids.  Oh, there is so much I want to tell them, so much I want them to know, the very least of which is how much they are loved and how very, very proud I am of each of them.  But for today I would like to give them a simple message from one of my favorite songs. It is ironic that it is a song I remember playing every morning when I left the hospital after spending the night with my mom, the week she was hospitalized after her surgery for colon cancer.  It gave me hope.  Now, I listen to it with a different sense of hope.  Hope that my kids will take to heart it's positive message on what I want for each of them. The music is in the video...if the video stops working as sometimes happens just google Rod Stewart Forever Young.  I will make one change to the lyrics below changing "when you finally fly away" to "when I finally fly away."  Love you all.

    May the good Lord be with you
    Down every road you roam
    And may sunshine and happiness
    surround you when you're far from home
    And may you grow to be proud
    Dignified and true
    And do unto others
    As you'd have done to you
    Be courageous and be brave
    And in my heart you'll always stay
    Forever Young, Forever Young
    Forever Young, Forever Young

    May good fortune be with you
    May your guiding light be strong
    Build a stairway to heaven
    with a prince or a vagabond

    And may you never love in vain
    and in my heart you will remain
    Forever Young, Forever Young
    Forever Young, Forever Young
    Forever Young
    Forever Young

    And when I finally fly away
    I'll be hoping that I served you well
    For all the wisdom of a lifetime
    No one can ever tell

    But whatever road you choose
    I'm right behind you, win or lose
    Forever Young, Forever Young
    Forever Young ,Forever Young
    Forever Young, Forever Young
    For, Forever Young, Forever Young

    So my dear, dear children, be courageous and be brave, and I hope in your hearts I'll always remain:  Forever Young.Source URL:
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