Is anyone else old enough to remember this series of symbols?  They were hand-written on a chalkboard while a voice intoned their meaning (man, woman, birth, death, infinity) at the beginning of every episode of the television series "Ben Casey."

This morning I awoke to the happy news that Evelyn Suzanne had been born to friends of our kids.  I'd made her a quilt a couple of months ago.  It was a joyful start to what would be a hard morning.

Out I went, then, to attend the funeral of my Circle sister's husband.  He'd been one of the first people we'd met when we joined our church so many years ago, a guy who always had a twinkle in his eye.  I sat with Circle sisters and reflected that Marlise is the third of us to have been widowed, and how important the support of long-time friends is at these times.

Ran a couple of errands afterward and then came home to learn that a friend's much-anticipated grandbaby had been born this morning; welcome to the world, Alma Eleanora!

Man, woman.  Birth, death.  Joy, sorrow.   Ecclesiastes.


LizA. said…
...Your sorrow shall be turned into joy. — John 16:20
Sandy said…
What a thoughtful post and isn't a baby God's way of saying that life goes on.
Charleen said…
Wow, that was a long time ago! I had a Ben Casey blouse despite being more of a Kildare fan!
*karendianne. said…
Wow, what a lovely post my friend. A thoughtfully expressed post and FYI, I've never seen those symbols in that way. Very neat. Super thank you for sharing.