In The Winter Of Life…
One of my neighbors over at the Fur Peace Ranch passed away a couple of days ago. We didn’t hang out together but in the sense of neighbors being friends… we were friends. We both liked to ride motorcycles and I would stop by from time to time when I would see him in the yard and we would share our two wheeled life together. Last year when he was diagnosed with terminal cancer, he told Vanessa and me with a wry smile, ‘I’ve survived two wars. I’ve had a good life…’
Jack Peavley fought in Vietnam 1966 to ‘67 as a young man and went back into the service in Desert Storm in 1990 to’91 as a Marine. Back in Meigs County his country home near the Fur Peace Ranch never showed a sign of these tumultuous times.
Winter comes to all of us, regardless of station. Spring also comes, unbidden, and new life surrounds us. Indeed, the land of the free, because of the brave!
‘The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.’ G. K. Chesterton
Jack’s pain is over but I feel that somewhere he rides through that door into summer where the sun always shines, his motorcycle always runs and there is no gravel on the road.
Fair winds and following seas brother Jack!