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James H. Brown Sr. April 11, 1924 – Feb. 25, 2011.

James H. Brown Sr., 86 years old, married to Betty for 63 years, father of 3  sons, grandfather of 5, great grandfather of 2, … my dad, died on Feb. 25, 2011.
He was buried at Fort Jackson National Cemetery.
A “NAVY” guy!

My dad once told to me that he liked this photo that you see above.
He said, “I wonder what it would be like to fly like a dragonfly and sit around a pond?”
It just so happens that my father-in-law who is a retired Rev., carried out the funeral service for the family and had this story to tell during the service.
It seemed so fitting!

The story goes something like this:

A large family of dragonfly nymphs were living in the waters of a beautiful pond, just a foot or so below the water’s surface.
Over time, members of the dragonfly family noticed that some of its family members were disappearing.
Some family members were seen moving towards the surface of the pond, moving to the top portion of the water and into the sunlight, where they vanished, never returning and telling the rest of the family what they had seen, or experienced.
The remaining dragonfly family members were concerned, and decided among themselves that if anyone should happen to go to the other side of the water’s surface, that they would try and return to tell the others about what was there, … what they had seen.

Just a few days later, one little dragonfly nymph had the urge to move upwards, to the surface, to the beautiful light above.
He swam up, breaking the surface waters, then climbed up a narrow strand of grass.
There he soon had wings, and the urge to fly began.
He happily flew around this new world that was full of amazing things he had never seen before.
Then he remembered that he was suppose to return and tell the rest of his family what he had seen, … what he had experienced.
He tried to get back below the water’s surface, but he could not.
He tried over and over again, … but never once could he break below the surface, to return to his family and the world that he knew.
So, … he flew away, never seeing his family again as he once knew them.
He never forgot his cherished family and the love he had for them, … but he was in his place now.
It was a glorious place to be!

This is where I see my dad now. A glorious place.

The night before he died, my youngest son Joseph and I went to the hospital to see him.
He was very talkative, but for the past three days no one could understand a thing he was saying because of the mask he was wearing and the sound of oxygen being forced into his mouth/nose. He had two air embolisms within his lungs and they were trying to get them to move into a filter that was placed within just a day earlier.

We stayed for about 90 minutes.
Little did we know that Joseph and I would be the last to see him alive.
Joseph told him good bye, then I leaned over and kissed him on his head, telling him in his ear that we were leaving and would see him the following day.
I then told him, “I love you daddy”.
Some way, some how, my daddy said very clearly to me, “I love you too son”. Joseph heard it as well.

He somehow had managed to say it loud and clear to me.
I believe now that he knew.
I believe that was the way it was suppose to be.
I believe that was the way God planned it.
I take great comfort knowing that those were the last words he ever spoke to me, … and I heard it.

So daddy, … your sons lifted a toast of old Irish whiskey to you.
We pray that heaven has Grits and RedEye Gravy, good guitars, country music, and that God will allow you to fly with the angels wearing your Zoot Suit!

I love you daddy!

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  1. A toast to your father Michael.

    Comment by Bernie Kasper | March 11, 2011 | Reply

  2. Nice to see you again, Michael! So sorry for your loss.

    This posting is beyond beautiful – the words, the story, the sentiment, the emotion. I wanted to cry and smile at the same time. All we can ask for in this life is to be loved and your daddy clearly was.

    I, too, raise a glass!

    Comment by milkayphoto | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  3. Thank you so much for writing this, Uncle Mike. That was a beautiful story. Grandpa is watching over us all. I can feel him :)

    Comment by Jamie Brown | March 12, 2011 | Reply

  4. Sad news Michael; deepest condolences to all of your family.

    Comment by Chris | March 15, 2011 | Reply

  5. thanks for sharing!

    Comment by Z | March 16, 2011 | Reply

  6. Thank you for the story. Loosing a father is what I still have to do, and it must be one of the hardest things you do in life

    Comment by Ansie du Toit | March 17, 2011 | Reply

  7. Fifteen years ago I went home to see my Gramma when she had a stroke. I had moved 500+ miles away and she was in a semi-coma most of the time. But the day I came to see her with my children she woke up and saw me. She stayed awake long enough to tell me, “I love you,” several times. And I got to return the message to her for her to hear as well. Sometimes we are blessed amazingly during the most difficult times of our life.

    Bless you, your father, and your family.

    Comment by micki | March 18, 2011 | Reply

  8. Michael, what a beautiful memorial you have created here for your father. I hope time has helped the mourning process begin and progress for you and your family.

    Comment by lynnwiles | April 8, 2011 | Reply

  9. God Bless You Michael, Your Family and Peace Be with You All. Your Daddy is with the dragonflies…

    Comment by Darr Almeda | April 10, 2011 | Reply

  10. With tears in my eyes I read your beautiful story. I lost my Dad only two month ago so I know how it feels to loose your father. My condolences to you and your family, Kristel

    Comment by visionsandnature | May 12, 2011 | Reply

  11. Your post brought tears to my eyes, but filled me with a kind of joy. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful tribute to your father. Because, like many others, I have lost my parents, your words resonate deep in my heart.

    Comment by Anita Jesse | May 24, 2011 | Reply

  12. Michael,
    Your post was written in Feb. and I just now saw it. Made me cry, and also took me back to the last moments with my dad, who woke up just in time for me to tell him goodbye. Both my parents are gone–they stepped into Heaven two years apart. My joy comes in knowing that we’ll be reunited someday.

    Wishing you all the best in this year of “firsts”. So glad you had that special time with your dad. God bless you. /Bonnie

    Comment by photo buffet | May 31, 2011 | Reply

  13. I feel for your loss and while I don’t have any Irish whiskey I will toast to his memory. I’m taking care of my father at home and each day is a challenge watching him slide a little further away into his own world. He’s 85 and a WWII vet. I don’t know when the final day will come but I hope I handle as well as you. I wish I had given him a grandson but It never worked out that way…
    Jeff “Foliage” Folger

    Comment by Jeff Folger | June 14, 2011 | Reply

  14. The best legacy is a loving relationship.

    Comment by Jeff | June 19, 2011 | Reply

  15. Thank you for your story of faith and the love of family. Blessings… and beautiful artwork!!!

    Comment by reynold | July 3, 2011 | Reply

  16. nice composition. love the reflection.

    Comment by Interesting Foto | July 10, 2011 | Reply

  17. The leaf is fantastic!

    Comment by Kristen | October 2, 2011 | Reply

  18. Very sorry for your loss Michael.

    Comment by Ron Niebrugge | October 16, 2011 | Reply

  19. Dear Michael,

    It has been over a year since you have posted on your blog. Where have you gone??

    Comment by Astrid | March 21, 2012 | Reply

  20. Nice photo..

    Comment by homeandstyle | April 22, 2012 | Reply

  21. Sorry for your loss Michael, but a great story to remember him by. All the best in the coming period!

    Comment by mvanrenselaar | July 16, 2013 | Reply

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    Comment by Twitter - Dean Graziosi | August 4, 2014 | Reply

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