Posted in Being Grateful, Saying Thank You

Thank You–Gratitude-4–Dad/Mother


We lost Dad, we eight, in 2011; our beloved Mother, in 2015. They were 87, and 90, respectively, at the time they left us.

The other day, I read yet another tragic story of family abuse, of a father who abused his wife in front of their children.

Today, I want to say a very special and specific thank you for having been raised by a loving Dad, who never failed to show respect and love to his wife, our Mother, in front of us. Their love was constant, sprinkled with wonderful humor, cemented in respect and faith.

Our Mother was singularly devoted to Dad, and we grew in strength and faith through her example when he passed.

Thank you, Dad; thank you, Mother. We all know you are together again. We miss you, here, on Earth.

50th Wedding Anniversary

(BONUS Trivia: Records reveal this park is home to the most diversified bird species of any of the national parks.
ANSWER: Big Bend National Park in Texas!)

Photos from the personal and copyrighted collection of Barbara Anne Helberg



Since I first touched a pencil to paper, I've been writing. Where that passion has taken me as I lived life is explored in my Primary blog, . I love animals, including race horses, about whom I have written much, and I've always had a dog in my life. Shouldn't animals have their say? In my Second Primary blog, , I give them a chance to speak. In the Composite blog , I explore my life's journey and observations. Other interests -- poetry, sports, photography, thankfulness, story ideas, self-publishing, story art, fiction, and more -- get their due in my other (17) blogs. I'm from a rural community in Ohio, lived nine years in Vermont, then returned to my native Henry County in 1980. I've worked for various local newspapers and attended classes in writing over the years before retiring to free-lancing in 2008. It was after my migration back to Ohio that I began BAT Publishing in earnest. It is strictly a self-publishing enterprise in that I publish my own works -- novels, novelettes, short stories with my Roughcraft Art -- in my own softcover, or loose-leaf notebook, designs. My photos and artwork are also incorporated in the books. Prior to this endeavor, I produced a periodic story booklet for young writers only entitled "Connections". Its success sparked my interest in self-publishing my own titles.

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