Gone From my Sight

Shared by Zebe Sowden Alfano on November 6, 2020
Gone From my Sight-written by Henry Van Dyke

“I am standing upon the seashore. A ship at my side spreads her white sails to the morning breeze and starts for the blue ocean. 
She is an object of beauty and strength. I stand and watch her until at length she hangs like a speck of white cloud just where the sea and sky come to mingle with each other.Then, someone at my side says; "There, she is gone!"
"Gone where?" Gone from my sight. That is all. She is just as large in mast and hull and spar as she was when she left my side and she is just as able to bear her load of living freight to her destined port. Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone at my side says, "There, she is gone!" There are other eyes watching her coming, and other voices ready to take up the glad shout;
"Here she comes!"

Bob’s Corvettes

Shared by Nanci Schreier Donhoff on November 5, 2020
In 1969, Bob wanted to buy a gorgeous 1961 Corvette, red and white , with a removable hard top and rag top! It was really something!! Only problem was , in Florida at the time, you had to be 21 to do so!! Our father refused, so Bob asked me if I would do it!! Are you kidding, of course I thought it was a great idea! We went down to the Corvette place on 17-92 in Orlando and bought it ( with his money) for $1500.00!! Unfortunately, in May 1970 he was drafted into the Army. So, he left his gorgeous corvette at my house until his return home! God. He loved that car!! There is more to this story. Not because I had helped him get his car, but because he is such a great brother and person, he sent me a monthly allotment to help me because I was a young Mother and not much income at the time! I was utterly surprised that he did this for me! It was so appreciated and needed! After returning home from Vietnam and getting married, When he had his first daughter Zebe, he was in college and working and having a bit of a difficult time also! I just happened to get a very good tax return and knew he could use the money so I gave him money for the birth of his daughter ! That’s how we worked and loved each other !! He would do anything for his family and has show. That love to his daughters and Karen over and over again! He’s one of a kind, loving, caring and generous and we will all miss him terribly!!! I have the best brother in the world! He’s also a wonderful husband and father and a true friend to many! God Bless him! God Bless you Captain Bob, a friend to many!! Forgot to say he did get another dream corvette for his 60th birthday Red Convertible Corvette!! His dream come true!! Until we meet again, your loving sister. Nanci

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