Good evening all, I hope you have all had a terrific week. Can you believe August is over??? I am not sure I like the idea of summer pretty much being over but that just means we have a great couple of months ahead of us before 2008! I have recently become the very proud owner of a first edition copy of a book called "Love Poems" that Anderson’s mother Gloria Vanderbilt had published back in 1955. I will be sharing some of those poems every once in a while but I wanted to share one tonight because as I read it, it had a sense of foreshadowing that I am sure Gloria had no idea of. In 1955, Wyatt, Carter and Anderson were not even twinkles in Ms. Gloria’s beautiful eyes but it seems fitting for my post tonight.
I brought him a speckled egg blue and brown
I gave him laughter and little sadness
I gave him my hand as we crossed the brook
And a fern at dusk which I don’t think he took
I gave him a bowl of apple blossoms
And warmth in my bed when snow fell all day
A dazzling music I can’t quiet describe
And a look from my heart that splintered my eyes
I gave him sunlight
When there was none
And no tomorrows and no good-byes
Yet he left this morning
And here I sit with my head held high
And my hands brimming with many more gifts
And the house so silent
I start to cry © Gloria Vanderbilt - 1955
The reason I thought the poem by Gloria was a terrific fit for today's post is I came upon the realization today that tomorrow, September 1st, would have been Wyatt’s 80th birthday. I am one who is of the opinion that a person is never truly gone as long as there are people who help to keep that person’s memory alive. Although none of us had the pleasure of actually meeting Wyatt, through the stories Anderson shares and the stories Wyatt himself shared with the world, pieces of Wyatt’s life are out there for anyone and everyone to remember.
In honor of such an intriguing but way to brief life, I thought I would take this time to remember Anderson’s dad, Wyatt through some beautiful photos.
*I wanted to take a quick moment to wish one of our favourite AC 360 subs, John King a very happy 43rd Birthday. Many warm wishes from ATA John!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
*Don’t Fret……The lovely Ms. Phebe will be posting a review of tonight’s special “Anvil of God” on Monday night.
* HAPPY LABOR DAY LONG WEEKEND!!!!!!!!!