Before we left home this morning bound for Chattanooga and the reunion of Tal's 3rd Army Reserve Rifle Team I checked on our cardinal nest by the screened porch and spent several minutes reveling in the first of our Asiatic lilies to bloom, large and brilliantly white. As we were settling into our room at the Chattanooga Choo Choo some six hours later my cell phone rang and I knew who it would be and the nature of the call.
My mother's younger brother and only sibling, Edward, after a long illness had died. It struck me that during the same hour I looked one last time at that wary, protective female cardinal with her two helpless chicks and stood speechless at the beauty of new flowers at the front of the house this dear man I've known and loved all my days was making his mighty transition from this life to whatever comes next. It seems only fitting to offer this morning's photograph to his memory.
Edward P Johnson
07 December 1934 - 06 May 2012
May your rest this day be in peace and your dwelling place the paradise of God.