Thursday, January 08, 2009

I'm a travellin' man, made a lotta stops...

We've been a crazy travelling family for '08 and were hoping to have a quieter '09 after the final '08 New Year's trip to the San Francisco area. Unfortunately, it was not meant to be. I just bought a plane ticket to New Orleans for Saturday because my dad is doing very poorly. This is probably his final curtain call.

Dad has travelled a long way himself on the great road of life and it looks like he's ready for a new adventure. Like one of my favorite old spirituals says, "Well, back, back, hearse, come git your load. I said, back, back, hearse, come git your load. That evenin' train may be too late. I'm going home on the mornin' train." Dad was never one to postpone doing what needed doing; so when he's ready, I'm sure he'll be riding that morning train to glory. There's another lovely death-train song which says, "You don't need no ticket. You just get on board." [Although I do like the Vanilla Fudge version, too.]Knowing dad, he'll have a ticket ready anyway, just in case.

But I'm gonna miss him.

Y'all take care. I'll post when I get to N.O. and/or know more.

P.S. For those who don't recognize it, the song of this post's title is here.


  1. Safe trip and lots of love Franko!

  2. That picture of the angel really hits home.

    We are thinking of you, friend, as you and your family make this journey.

    How did the SF trip go?!

  3. morning train indeed. we're thinking of you!

  4. cousin Sonya1/08/2009 8:54 PM

    Lovin' you cuz, and my dear uncle. Heide and I prayed for him tonight. May he be at perfect peace, waiting for the train. I know the conductor will welcome him with open heart and arms. You all have been the GREATEST kids to him. No doubt he's thinking of his little Margie, and dear Rosie - leaving some and rejoining with others. Please know we are with you and all of the NO clan. You'll be first and foremost in our minds.

  5. Our hearts are with you and with your Dad, Frank.

  6. Randi,
    Thanks, darlin'. Y'all keep taking care of each other and keep your precious belly swelling. I'm looking forward to a new cousin!

    Thanks, sweetie. SF was fun. The kids had a swell time at Harper's (MJ's still there!) and I had a wonderful visit and lovely sail with Laureen and family on their 47' cat. Whoot! I LOVE cruising cats, even on San Francisco Bay. Brrrrr!

    Thank you, my friend. I strongly suspect I'll be back before the weekend we discussed; so y'all should probably forge ahead with your plans. Relative to my email comments to Gillian, one train leaves Gethsemane Station. Another pulls into Gilead for a load of balm. And the Express Special rolls on to Glory.

    My sweet cuz! Thanks. We love y'all. So many kind hearts waiting for him but paramount among the multitude: his folks (our grandparents!) - Frank and Laura; two brothers - Paul and Jimmy; wife - Rosemary; and daughter -

  7. Kelly,
    Thank you, my very real friend. I appreciate your comment and I love to read your writings. Keep making me think, ok?

  8. Hugs to you and the fam~

  9. We're thinking of you. Stay safe and lots of love to your dad. Peace be the journey.

  10. Have a safe trip Frank and we send you all our love.

  11. Hugs to you, Frank. Safe journey. You're in our thoughts.

  12. Kelli, Mary, Denise, and Gail,

    Thank you so much. I'm intellectually ready for this; he's had a good, long life and the stroke a coupla years ago almost killed him. However, I admit I'm not emotionally ready. Can you ever be? I don't think I'd want to be, even if it were possible. Emotions are meant to be felt and experienced, even the difficult ones. So, color me sad. Ready, but sad.

  13. (snip) Emotions are meant to be felt and experienced, even the difficult ones.(snip)

    Ah Frank, you are one amazing man! (Have I said that before, it sounds familiar?) You've hit my mantra. We love you, and are joining our strength and love with yours to help you through this. A big friend circle of love! Hugs in person soon - for now, virtual. xo

  14. I'm so sorry, Frank. I agree that you're never ready and it's okay to be sad. Have a safe trip knowing that so many are thinking of you and are sending you peace. Cherish your goodbye.

  15. Gillian,
    Thanks! We love y'all. Looking forward to hugs in person; those will be nice. And blender concoctions. They'll help, too. (wink) Gotta remember to hit the liquor store to make sure we don't run short of ingredients. Maybe I'll even talk y'all into trying a Zombie Princess!

    Hi and thanks! I had two nice visits with dad this past Summer and those were great. This one won't be as fun as those were but it is an important one. Hope to see y'all for some Good Vibrations in the Fall!

  16. Music sure can make the heartbreak a little softer...or at least give us the words to express our feelings...sending you lots of love and song, the Winklers

  17. My dear Carolyn,
    If I could sing People, Get Ready half as well as Curtis Mayfield, I'd break my own heart. Of course, I can do it pretty much like Dylan! (grin) Music does have charms to soothe the savage, or in my case, savaged breast. Thanks. I look forward to playing guitar with you again soon.

  18. Wish I could give you a hug.

  19. Love you, Steph! I'll take a raincheck on the hug for next time I see ya.

  20. Cousin Sonya1/17/2009 10:20 PM


    I wrote Ronnie today at her blog - I've been praying the Divine Mercy chaplet for days for Marty. We're all hangin' with you all and with him. Mom's in DC now, leaving Thurs, and I know he's always on her mind. Please hug everyone for me. Love you lots,