What Is Tramp Art and Who Made Them

Who Made Tramp Art,  dah … Tramps!

Depending on where you got your information on Tramp Art, some collectors say Tramps did not make these famous art pieces as believed. So, where did they come from?

At the ending of the civil war and at the major stock market crash of the 30s, there was an influx of a lot of talented, educated and just unemployed people riding the rails looking for work. Some say during their lonely hours and days, they produced this form of art. 

In my thinking, Tramps would be considered a modern-day homeless person.

Wikipedia says… Tramp means “walk with Heavy Foot”

That would explain a lot about Tramps because they were known for rail hopping and they did a lot of walking.

I tend to think it is very possible, that in America these people riding the rails to someplace, anyplace, did indeed, do some of these carvings. Why would you think they didn’t? They had the means and certainly the time to make these pieces of art,  and especially during the thirties, there were a lot of talented and unemployed people roaming the country.

So during their travels from here to there, they kept busy by carving out their art form. Supposedly they made these pieces from discarded items such as empty cigar boxes, wood crates and I would assume anything they could use or find, just to pass the time, and they mostly carved these pieces out with a pocket/jackknife.

This is not saying other people didn’t pick up the trade. Anyway, whoever whittled or carved these items such as jewelry boxes, tables, small and large home decorations, lamps etc. out of discarded wood, are highly collectible today, no matter who made them. Cigar boxes were very easily found in those days and they were the most widely used for Tramp Art.

A few years back I made up a draft on Tramp Art, I thought I’d blow the dust off and freshen up my article. I found myself having to rewrite the whole thing, only because the beliefs have now changed on the origin of Tramp Art or maybe, … I’ve just changed my thinking and or found more update information?

Even though the tide has changed a little on the origins of Tramp Art, one thing is for certain, they are still a unique form of expression from hard working individuals with a lot of time on their hands. (No two are alike).

But, if we assume tramps did play a part in Tramp Art, they certainly did have the time for such an endeavor. If you had no talent before you started making this art form, you would certainly learn how to do it.  Staying busy during their sometime’s long in-between jobs and dark cold nights would totally make sense to me.

So through all reality, the word “Tramp” sounds like a negative, harsh word for an unfortunate group of people trying to stay active, busy, and alive through their hard times.

So whoever made these pieces of art got quite creative and talented enough to even sell their carved-goods/art for a little cash or food.  Of course, these pieces weren’t considered an art form until the 1950s, but still quite different looking, even in those days.

In my estimation, Tramps or whoever made Tramp Art in their day, were our first version of Recyclers, by using an old discarded material to make something new.

History of Tramps & Hobos

They both shared the same rail system, may be shared the same boxcar and I’m sure, they ran into each other everywhere.

They even shared the same code/language but they supposedly were two different types of people, workers, and …  none workers.

Tramp Art is part of our history and may be considered a dark period in North America and in Europe. There always were, and always will be, poor, unfortunate people just trying to make everything work in their lives, so whatever the origin of Tramp Art, these unusual pieces of art are highly collectible today.

The recorded time period for “Tramp Art” was from the year 1870-1940, but most say, that during the depression period in America, was the worst or the best time for these art pieces. Some also would put that period around the civil war.

Note … In 1940 the war was raging in Europe and every able body was needed elsewhere, that must have broken the trend and or that period in time for Tramps and Tramp Art. But it did bring in a new period of ART, “TRENCH ART”

(One of my next planned postings.) “TRENCH ART”

After saying all that about “Tramp Art”, and, we all know if there is money to be made, then a person might suggest that any and all groups of people would try their hand at making “Tramp Art”.

And why not? In those depression years, everybody tried to make a few extra dollars, but, none the less, these pieces of art would definitely fall under the category of “Folk Art”. Remember, Tramp Art was not recognized until after the Tramp Era, that was basically over around (the 1940s) and most collectors agree that the art form was handmade by hard working people.

Look for my links on Tramp Art.

NOTE

I’m neither a collector of Tramp Art nor a Professor of fine arts and Crafts, but I am interested in our past history and maybe, sell a few oddities along the way.

Google tramp art for an interesting read.

“HOBO Art”…NA

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Antique Because You Love To

  • So, you’re a collector of old things or just have a fascination of the past

Maybe you’re a history buff or just occasionally go down memory lane.  Maybe you just want to decorate your rec. room/man cave with unusual things, well, …  then you’re not alone.

Collecting unusual items from your past and collecting Antiques are the latest crave.  We all love artifacts that we see, touch and remember from days gone by like that heirloom broach grandma gave you, you know, the one that was handed down to her from her mom. Ah …  ”There’s one just like it”!

Look at that Roy Rodgers cowboy suit. I remember wearing one when I was a lot, lot younger.

So here’s a story of a  lady walking down the aisle at a Big Antique Mall. She looked like she was a little distressed so I asked her if there was anything I could do for her. She turned around and said that she was having one of those memorable moments from years gone by, and a few tears ran down her cheeks.

  • Now there’s a lady that had a good childhood, so yeah, some things do have a good effect on people.
  • It’s healthy to jog the good memories of your days gone by.

       The Hard Work

Look at how simple the machines were made back then. No computers to do the math, lasers to form, shape or cut out your parts. They were all calculated by slide rule (you know a tool that looks like a piece of wood with numbers on it. How could they have done that?

Did you ever look at an Apple Peeler from the early days?  The machine peels one apple at a time, not 50…….ONE at a time!!

Look at those ordinary house nails. Before the industrial revolution, they were made one at a time, hand forged, shaped …. one nail at a time and not a thousand nails an hour … but one nail at a time.

These handmade square shank nails are a collectible item on their own. In 2017, they were being sold for $1-$2.00 a nail.

Look at that big sturdy looking antique picture frame. You’d have to mortgage your house for it today and look how solid that kitchen table is for being 100 years old.

How about that porcelain service station sign. That would look good in my Man cave/garage!!

But you have to dig real deep to buy those signs. They are really pricey.

  • Collect because you want too.

Some people collect because it could be a good  “investment”, but most collect because of the beauty, the history, or stories these antiques and collectibles could tell.

Whatever the Reason,

Collect and buy antiques because you enjoy the hunt, the fun, the nostalgia, and the memories, and let’s not forget the hard work that went into everything made in those days.

                             so …  “HUNTAWAY”

REMEMBER WHAT THEY SAY

“If you have any more than 3 items the same,

“You’re already considered a collector”.

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Olympic Athletes on a Natural Adrenalin High

 

 Can Olympic Committees check for a natural high? We all know that Adrenalin Rush can’t be measured, the energy, …  it can’t be seen, it’s just there.

 2018 Olympics have come and gone and what a show!

Couldn’t help but notice,  at the top of the ski runs, the skiers lining themselves up to give it their all, and overcame a coach or a friend, giving them a big hug, bunting of the fists, wishing them good luck. The 2 and 4 man bobsleighing teams, all hands touched, wishing themselves good luck… All the way through the games, well-wishers were sharing their energy. They gave that person an edge, a little extra of your energy that they needed to pull it off. You can’t measure it with a blood test; you can’t test it through chemical analysis. It’s just there.

That athlete just got a little extra adrenalin fix from a well-wisher, but then,  you have to wonder, we all give each other handshakes, big hugs, and a pat on the back. Do we all do it for a deep down unknown reason? Is it just a tradition or is there more to it. Sharing of good energy could be a power booster. The athletes are already pumped; they trained long and dedicated hours to just qualify to be at the Olympics. I’m not just talking about our Canadian Olympians, but all the hard working athletes from around the world.  These dedicated people are already on a natural high and that extra bit of positive energy from a well-wisher might just have been enough to win that gold.

And that’s all they needed.

The pure energy that is produced in a stadium full of well-wishers can’t be measured, it’s just there.  Whether it’s our home countries’ team or not, we all feel sadness for an athlete that just didn’t make it or worse case scenario, getting hurt.  We might yell a little louder for our own homegrown team but overall, we root for all other teams as well. So the energy you can’t measure, it’s just there, passed on from one to the other.

These athletes dedicated their young lives to be the best and more importantly, they brought the world together for one short period of time. You made us all proud.

That’s what the Olympics’ is all about.  Eh!

For those athletes that don’t play fair, then they shouldn’t be amongst the real hard working Athletes that do.

 

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Photography and fun contests

 

 I’m not advertising a photo contest and I’m not advertising money for your award-winner picture. But if you ever get the opportunity to show off your photography skills, take advantage of some and all photo contests, like the ones MacLean’s or Nature Canada.ca have on every year.

You can learn a lot about yourself and your camera, plus show off your passionate photography skills.

PHOTO CONTEST in Cottage Country

Many moons back, a beautiful small lakefront town of Gravenhurst had a photo contest. When signing up for the contest, they said, “Here is your roll of film. You can photograph anything and everything, as long as it has something to do with the town and surroundings.”

There are beautiful lakes, not one lake, but many, tourists coming and going, old boats, a turn of the century steamer, etc. There was no shortage of photos to be taken here!

The famous Steam Ship RMS Segwun [the last of its kind] was moored at the dock. The fog was heavy on the lake that morning and I couldn’t get a good picture of the ship without getting my feet wet, so I took whatever photos I could and said to myself, there’s got to be more pictures to be taken other than this beautiful 100 + year old passenger steamer.     Right

Right Place at the Right Time

There was a photographer in the group that begged, borrowed or STOLE a boat and came in from the lake-side towards the pier. You could hardly see the Segwun from the fog, and as luck would have it, the fog cleared enough around the back side of the ship, with a ray of sun coming through the fog, and snap, goes his camera.

The person was ready for that split second shot.

On the awards night, all the entries were displayed and my Wife and I knew that he was the award winner. This person went the extra mile; he didn’t waste a frame and he was at the right place at the right time. And he didn’t even get his feet wet!

I got to know the good, the bad and the ugly parts of my camera and also noticed all the beauty that surrounded us.

After that contest, I knew every back alley, side road, number of street lamps, number of park benches in the town of  Gravenhurst, Ontario, Canada, and, of course,  all the coffee shops.

It was a really fun and tiring 16 hour day……. Try it sometime. Google Photo Contests for the ones around your area or online. Get recognized for your talent, train your eyes to LOOK and SEE,  you don’t have to go far to notice all the beauty around you. In today’s world, there are many places to sell and share your award-winning photos. A good place to start sharing is on social media photography groups.

Now dig your camera out of the closet, blow the dust off and let’s get cracking, I mean SNAPPING.

A photographers’ saying is:

A person will go to Japan to see all the beauty that they have to offer, and the Japanese will come here to see all the beauty we have to offer.

All you have to do is stand for a moment, look and see all the beauty that surrounds you. …  And that’s without moving a step.

 “Actually, it’s MY famous saying”                                                                    Sixpaque.ca

[Note] In case you’re wondering…

I came in third in that contest.

Thanks for Asking!

 

 

 

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Exciting Night at the Horse Races, But What Changed

 

We’re not Gamblers.. Really, we’re not, WERE NOT!

Bingo or the Horse Races, what to do, what to do.

Well, that ’s a no-brainer.

So we decided to have an exciting evening out at the horse races. Have a little dinner at “Jockey’s only Eatery”, Check out all the horses in the Lounge, (I mean outside the lounge) that ’s overlooking the racetrack. …

Life is Good…

After not being at the races for a long, long time, the excitement was still there, but I have to confess, the betting, well the betting was still, a disappointing system.

“The by guess or by golly rule”.

I never knew how to read the program then and I remember

….O Yah ..  I still don’t.

But some things have changed in the horse races.

It’s still a good entertaining night out, but I noticed the horse racing industry has changed through the years. I remember the last time I placed a bet, the rows in front of the ticket agents were at least 20 deep, people all trying to place their bets and that’s 10 tellers. The racing industry was a vibrant place to go on a Thursday or Saturday night. There was always a good payout, well, “ONLY” what I heard!

I remember always rubbing shoulders with somebody, everybody. It was wall-to-wall people. And that’s how busy and exciting it was back then.

On the news not long ago, our previous Provincial Government said the horse racing industry should start sustaining itself. We are NOT helping subsidize this industry anymore! That was a total surprise; I thought they were doing well.

When we went, I did notice that the attendance was down, and certainly not the way I remember it… Maybe a fewer customer,

NO…  a lot fewer customers!

So what happened?

In the years that we went, it seemed to have always sustained itself “at least at face value”. Everyone was betting large, and there looked to be no shortage of people. So what went wrong?

Like most industries, whoever has the power and control to make changes, do, while the rest of us have to either follow along and adapt to the changes, or? Fall behind. I guess the term, Collateral Damage would apply.

It’s somewhat unfair that being away from the horse racing, we remember the before and after years. But one thing has changed, Our government incorporated ‘One Arm Bandits’ in the same building as the horse races, and I know that’s been in place a long time, so it’s not like I just came out of the WOODS, but I think it has  affected the horse racing industry as a whole. Now don’t misunderstand, our government brings in good tax revenue to help sustain our way of life and that’s a good thing.

But I am sure- the slots took lots of patrons away from the racing end and somewhat, lured them into ….

“The other room!”.

So yes, I hope the horse racing industry recovers from other peoples (government) decision making because I think you get better entertainment and a bigger bang for your buck betting on the ponies.

The latest article I read is that our government will continue to help out the horse racing industry, because, maybe, they’re feeling a little guilty. …”NOT”  Well they should, the horse racing was a big industry and they changed the whole dynamics.

At the horse races, the excitement is still there and  after being absent for a few years, I still think my chances of winning are better than in the “other room”   (only my opinion),

Fresh air is gooood, no big line up at the tellers, it’s free to get in, you can bring your kids for a night of entertainment, (get them hooked on gambling) good food, and maybe at the end of the racing evening, you might still have jingle left over to buy a cold beverage/beer.  I still think the chances of winning are better at the horse races. A lot better.

$2.00 bet x 10 races= cheap entertainment.

“What’s not to like!”

Heck.;  This is only my observation and only my opinion.

 

 

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Cuba is Waiting for me.

This Guest blogger, Mike, will be posting about his adventures in Cuba, and that is where this lucky fella is sitting as we speak.

I am leaving the snowing, cold Canadian weather for the warmer climate in a couple days and have been having some interesting thoughts and discussions .about the destination. You see, I am off to Cuba and although I have been there once before, Mel has never had the pleasure.

Cuba

It is a very popular Canadian destination for Canadians at this time of the year and if you have never been there, I recommend a few things to ponder,  It is a communist country, so behave yourself. That isn’t a very big problem for most of us. Early in the planning stages, beware that you have to obtain travel insurance to get into the country. That is a must in Cuba.

That should be a no-brainer for anyone traveling outside of Canada anyways. They have two types of currency in Cuba….peso and convertible peso which is what visitors to the country do business in It is easy to convert to their money at the airport or your resort. If need be, a local banking ( make sure you take your passport) institution. Do not engage in conversations about politics or the government.

You never can be sure who is listening and you don’t want to be brought in and questioned about it. They will not bother you if you do not bother them. Other than that subject, the people are very polite and friendly and will go out of their way to make sure your stay is memorable.

As we know their economy has lacked trading partners since the 60s, certain goods are lacking in their lives live. Staples that we take for granted are very much appreciated when you visit. They can be purchased in Canada cheaply enough but may be lacking for any amount of money on this island. A little research on the internet goes a long way on this subject.

The average wage in Cuba amounts to around 30 pesos a month so anything you bring down with you will be greatly accepted I am sure. I have heard that the people are provided by the government with the necessities such as health care and education and in all honesty, on the last visit, I never saw one homeless person.
I have often commented, since my last trip to Cuba, if you could see in black and white instead of technicolor, you would imagine yourself living back in the 50s, for those of us who are old enough to remember.

Perhaps a safer time to walk around and leave your doors unlocked while you went out for a few hours. A time when people respected one another.

On my last visit with a buddy, because of the beautiful warm evenings, we found ourselves exploring the Main Street and back ally’s at 2 in the morning feeling completely safe. I remember walking past a factory with a nightlight on and doors wide open and nobody around. That, my friends, is something to experience. There are many more adventures I could talk about but will save for another time………Cuba is calling me once again….later

Guest Blogger,  Mike Wettlaufer

 

 

 

 

 

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Singing the Canadian National Anthem is not illegal

Canadian Anthem

Given any age, we all can look back at all the major changes in our lifetime,  even a 20-year-old can say that the changes, they have seen in their short lifetime is mind-boggling, for time is moving so quickly!

But not all changes are good.

Listening to the CBC Radio program, “This is That”, they had an interesting topic about our Canadian Anthem.

This jet-setter from Manitoba proposed that we should sing our Canadian Anthem on domestic flights across our land, and that’s before leaving the ground. … Let’s all have a sing-along! .. I shouldn’t be so sarcastic. Eh

But I’m not sure how serious I should take this CBC Radio program(This is That) but, this fella’s concern did bring up a good point no less.

Our proud Canadian Anthem is being sung less and less at any and all functions. Every year they seem to find more reasons not sing it. But as a concerned citizen, some of our traditions, laws, and values have been challenged and changed.

O-Canada, our country’s national anthem, is entrenched in our identity as much as maple syrup, Tim Horton’s and poutine.

I myself welcome new change. Bring it on!  But we should not try to change our identity and every thought that makes us Canadian and different from all other nations in the World.

First thing in the morning before class, the public schools chose to sing O Canada, and the Lord’s Prayer was always said in a Catholic School. We always sang O Canada at all our national hockey games.

Is that so wrong, that the school system and our government had to and wanted to change to suit the “times”? It’s bad enough that across Canada the school boards seem to implement our anthem differently from one board to the other depending on where you live.

As of writing this post, our government has proposed and passed into changing a few words to the anthem. I guess that’s a good thing, Gender Equality is an important issue and it’s not like, the lyrics to the anthem haven’t been changed before to suit the times.

But our laws and traditions are being compromised daily, yearly and like singing our Anthem or flying our flag should NOT be mandatory, but we should want to and be proud to do so. And then you occasionally find some people that think this way, (a former school trustee, denounced the motion as Unnecessary and Insulting.

You can’t force them to sing:” O Canada.

Sorry to say, he is entitled to his opinion, but I have to wonder, these are the type of people that have influence over our kids learning.

We need change but try not to change too many Canadian Values that make us who we are and why most of us think, this is the greatest country in the world.

At least know the words

So the concerned Manitoba fella, he has my vote, singing more of

O-Canada instead of less. (Well at least know the words). That should be a priority for all Canadians. Always flying our national flag in a respectful manner, that would be really good.  Being patriotic and showing it, is a good thing. Be a “Proud Canadian”.

Sing “o Canada” before or during every Airline Flights?

WELL, the JURY  is still out on that one.

Quotes

“It’s a moving memory for me. Our anthem, it builds up associations over the years — it’s uplifting, makes you proud to be Canadian, gives you a feeling of community and togetherness,” carmen.chai@globalnews.ca

O Canada can send patriotic shivers down your spine. There’s something to be said for the few occasions where everybody stands up together and sings out loud with a roaring tune, affirming our belonging and shared a love of our nation, by ”Christopher Moore”, a Canadian historian who’s won two Governor General awards for his writing, told Global News.

 

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Building War Ships in the Great Lakes

Short read on a warship stuck in ice.

Having read this story of a newly built Frigate “USS Little Rock”, it never even made it out to open seas, stuck in the St. Lawrence Seaway ice. That was an intriguing story to read on its own.

But where it was built surprised me the most.

Surprise

The frigate was built by a shipbuilding company in Wisconsin USA, which by the way is in the top of the great lakes….  That I found interesting.

So doing a little research I learned this company has been building Warships for a long, long time. Again, surprise, given I remembered this story from years ago. All major shipbuilding in the great lakes would be disbanded, shut down, gone. And only by memory, it had something to do with homeland security. The only way, in our out of our lakes is through the St. Lawrence River to the open seas, and that by way, has a series of manmade locks to go through.

Building a warship and have it landlocked or (lake locked) in the great lakes would not be acceptable during any world confutations/disorder where they needed this armament.

History of shipbuilding in the lakes

Digging a little further on shipbuilding in the great lakes, it goes right back to the beginning of our 2 great nations. Canoes, wood structured steamers, taking freight and passengers up and down the lakes, Ore tankers where built here, fishing trawlers were built here. During the war of 1812, to the conflict of 2 great wars. ALL have a history of boat and shipbuilding in the lakes. But that part did not come as a surprise, during the two Great Wars, every shipyard contributed. If you were an iron factory and you were set up to make a propeller, that’s what you made.

A Small Town of Orillia Ont. made warships, and that was in small, lakefront, workshop (Hunter Boats) now gone but in its place is a beautiful boardwalk where the buildings once stood

Collingwood made Warships “Corvettes” and after the war effort, they made and serviced many lake freighters and ships.  All major Canadian shipbuilding is gone in the lakes and very few shipbuilding yards are left in all Canada as a whole, so it’s no wonder that I remember that story of no shipbuilding in the lakes. Just a rumor or maybe the story was, just meant, only on the Canadian side.  No building of ships in the great lakes ever.

http://shipbuildinghistory.com/canada.htm

Little History of WW2

Watching this article on the History Channel on how German U BOATS during WW2 would create havoc all along the eastern shores of the Americas, from Newfoundland, Canada, down to the Carolinas in the United States. The story also mentions that these German U Boats made their way up and down the St. Lawrence River, undetected, and in case you don’t know your Geography, that goes into our fresh water Great Lakes.

Divided by an imaginary line Canada on one side and the United States on the other, there are no International Waters.

If in fact their mission was to totally disrupt our shipping coming in and out of the lakes and I’m sure, those sailors could have done some very serious disruption. (I guess there only intent was to just drop off a few spies, listen to our brass band music) apparently, they were close enough.

If their mentality would be like the Warfare of today, in the sense of suicide missions and it didn’t really matter of getting back out to sea was a priority, and they just wanted to create as much damage and disruption as possible scenario, the outcome “could have different”

So, there is where I’m getting this crazy story from, and this is the first I have ever heard of a warship being built in these lakes. I’m sure it was never top secret, but I don’t think they did a lot of advertising of the fact.

I’m just going to have to get out more, smell the roses, or, at least find out more on shipbuilding on the Great Lakes.

Locked in ICE

USS Little Rock, locked in by Ice and can’t get out to open sea, still makes me think of my original thought. I mostly thought of foreign invaders, and it never even crossed my mind something as simple as ICE. Now having said that, if the Navy needed or wanted to get that ship out to sea, and in this day and age, it would not be impossible to make it happen, ice or no ice, a minor inconvenience at best.

On a lighter Note

On a lighter note, the American sailors on that ship could not have found a better place to be laid up for a month is in Montreal unless it was Quebec City, Canada, good cities to just, hang out.

“Don’t worry boys and girls, the Canadian ice will melt soooon.

So looking at the whole scenario of warships being built in the great lakes, I would think it would make a lot of economic sense to keep the money at home. Undisturbed sea lanes for sea trials, keep all our secrets at home and a thousand other good reasons that I haven’t even thought of. But I’m not quite convinced and still surprised no less of building WarShips in the great lakes.

I wonder if those ships are armed, ….  Just Asking.

Note, did you know-

After, the Second World War… Canada had the second largest Navy in the world.

Who would think?

 

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Reacting to death is a funny thing

Stand up and SAY something Nice, you will be sorry if you didn’t.

How do you react to someone passing on, Dying, are you cool, are you a handler, a person that can handle any given situation, even death to somebody close.

We have, like most folks, seen our share of friends, neighbors, and family pass on to the other side. Never gets easier, and certainly, it’s not something you get used to. In some cases, the guilt sets in should have said something, done something different.

I will never have that time back again to say what you should have said

Many years back, a complete family, good friends of ours, died in a house fire. I do remember at the funeral and during the service, I had to go outside and get ..Composed, maybe shed a few tears. I should have gone up front., in front of all those people and said a few words, but chose not to.

Outside these 2 young fellas were joking and laughing. I said to the one young man, this a very bad time to be making funnies.

As I get older I have been to too many of these services and none are getting any easier, but I have noticed that everybody acts differently.

I myself act differently towards death, in different situations, young, old, sick, seems to make a difference in how I or my body handles their passing. I’m a little more tolerant in my years with the joke telling, and I have to think that I’m not so judgmental any more about people, that look that they show no feeling or any emotions and you have to believe that everybody is hurting inside, for you just wouldn’t hang out at these places.

Putting on a brave face is just a brave face, certainly telling jokes at a funeral was out, but even now I look at that differently.

I have had many very close family members pass on and I miss them all dearly, and sometimes like most people, I would have done things differently given a Second Chance and most times it just doesn’t work that way.

Everybody handles Funerals, Celebration of life differently but, if the opportunity arises, that you can stand up, say a few words of kindness about that person you miss already. Try, no matter how difficult you think it may be.  Say some words, talk about fun times, good times, people that are at the service will totally understand if you think you’re going to make  mistakes, They will look at you and say to themselves how brave you are and in the same breath, I should go up and say something, anything but chose ….  “Not-too”

At some point in your life, it will cross your mind that you could have but didn’t.

So … “THERE was your Second Chance.”

You can pay no better tribute to a person that you loved, respected or “you miss already.”

If you think there’s a message in this post, there is, for somebody.

“And NO; … There nothing funny about DEATH”.

 

Dedicated to my Daughter Shelley that passed away far too soon.

2 Brothers, Mother, and Father

 

 

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