Life, Living and Lived


This is a collection of experiences for me so far this week. On Sunday, I was told by one of our priests as I entered that one of my best friends at church had died the previous day. I had known him for at least thirty years as a friend and (for the early years) a co-usher at church. With a group of friends, we had lunch together during our working years. His loss has hit me pretty hard.

Then, this morning, with my wife and a daughter, we went to the Kenilworth Aquatic Gardens off of 295 on the east side of the Anacostia river. These lily gardens were started by a Civil War veteran in the 1870’s and were acquired by the Park Service in the 1920’s. We were told the lilies were not at there peak, but the variety and colors were beyond anything I have ever seen.

On the way over, my driving daughter taught her mother how to use the direction finder on my cell phone. On the way home, she set it up (simple so even I could use it) for me. All I could think of was the years I had spent in unfamiliar territory trying to read a map to get to my destination. This addition to living life would have made mine so much easier when I was younger with a car full of children, or trying to find a school with a student teacher.

  1. #1 by Terry Jackson on August 2, 2017 - 7:22 pm

    I am so sorry to read of the loss of your friend. May the goodness of his friendship serve as a blessing to you and warm your heart as your mourn his passing. I am sure God has welcomed him with open arms.

    I love and admire your openness to learning and trying new and unfamiliar things. It is the embodiment of who you have always been – a teacher who understands that learning goes both ways. It is such a part of your wonderful character and it inspires me. I am grateful for you, Dr. Boswell.

    Your former GW doctoral student, Terry

    • #2 by John Boswell on September 2, 2017 - 7:26 pm

      Terry, thank you once again. I can’t tell you how much your comments (thoughts) mean to me. I feel I am interacting with you in class. (I’m sorry I have been so long in responding to you.) Until relatively recently, comments about these little essays arrived first by e-mail. Some time ago they began coming straight to this blog and I must remember to look here every week. It doesn’t help that now everyone who has something to sell, lists it on my reply section. I get over 100 of these things just about every week.
      JGB

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