Sunday, January 18, 2009
Roots Grow Deep for Don's Angels
As you can see, this picture depicts a young dad with his three little girls taken from the past. If my friend could have figured out a way to freeze that moment in time with his three little angels, I’m sure he would have done it.
Moments like this were never meant to be frozen. But they sure are meant to be remembered.
The friend is Don Lane, who lives in Palatine, IL – outside of Chicago. Don’s little angels are Laurie, Melissa and Sue. As you might imagine, these girls are all grown up now and married with kids of their own. Laurie and Sue and their families still live in the Chicago area. Melissa and her family lives in the Houston area. Don and Margi Lane are now enjoying their retirement years.
I am again reminded that life goes by so doggoned quickly.
Don’s girls are special to me because their grandparents were Wade and Hazel Lane who lived for many years in Reynolds, GA. I have written about their Papa and I have written about their Nana. You can click on the links and read some of my thoughts about this couple who greatly impacted my life.
Don’s angels have wonderful memories of their visits as kids to the little town of Reynolds, GA. It’s a long way from Chicago to Reynolds, both in miles and in culture. But because of their beloved grandparents, a piece of Reynolds will forever be in their hearts.
Laurie remembers drinking cokes from the small bottles across the street at Miss Molly’s house. Melissa remembers watching her Nana wake early every morning to spend time praying and reading God’s Word. Sue still remembers the wonderful smell when she walked in her Nana’s house. They all remember Cat Brady’s store and Dealer Down’s hamburgers and Bill’s Dollar Store and working in their Nana’s dress shop. And they remember their Papa’s beautiful handwriting, his letters and his ability to draw. And they will never forget driving their Papa’s blue golf cart all over the golf course. Or jumping in the car with him to chase trains.
And they all remember their grandparents stopping their lives and focusing totally on them when they were in town.
I haven’t asked but I have a feeling Don and Margi Lane are very thankful for the seeds planted in their girls by Don’s parents, Wade and Hazel Lane, in the little town of Reynolds, GA.
Life does go by quickly.
But the roots of the branches that produce good fruit grow very deep.