VIRTUS JUNXIT MORS NON SEPARABIT

 THERE ARE MANY NIGHTS WHEN I WAKE UP DURING THE WEE HOURS OF THE MORNING FOR NO REASON.  SOMETIMES I CAN GO RIGHT BACK TO SLEEP AND THE OTHER TIMES I HAVE TO SIT UP FOR A WHILE BEFORE I CAN GO BACK TO SLEEP.  AS I THINK UPON IT NOW MY DAD WAS THE SAME WAY.  I REMEMBER AS A KID SEEING HIM IN THE KITCHEN MANY TIMES DURING THE EARLY MORNING HOURS DRINKING COFFEE AND THINKING REAL HARD ABOUT THINGS.  I NEVER KNEW WHAT HE WAS THINKING BACK THEN BUT I HAVE A FEELING I KNOW SOME OF WHAT HE WAS THINKING NOW.

IT NEVER EVEN OCCURRED TO MY YOUNG MIND BACK THEN THAT I COULD LOSE HIM AT THE EARLY AGE I WAS WHEN IT HAPPENED.  I GUESS NONE OF US DO.  FOR SOME REASON BEYOND LOGIC WE THINK OUR PARENTS WILL LIVE FOREVER.  WE TAKE THE PEOPLE WE LOVE FOR GRANTED AND WE SKIP THROUGH LIFE LIVING OUR LIVES WITHOUT A SAFETY NET. IT IS ONLY WHEN THE UNTHINKABLE HAPPENS THAT WE REALIZE WHAT WE SHOULD OF DONE EVERY DAY.

IT WAS THE OTHER NIGHT THOUGH, THAT I HAD THE STRANGEST DREAM THAT LEFT ME THINKING. I DREAMED I WAS STANDING BESIDE THE HIGHWAY AT NIGHT WAITING ON A SILVER EAGLE TO PICK ME UP.  NOW STANDING ON THE SIDE OF THE ROAD AT NIGHT WAITING ON A SILVER EAGLE IS NOT STRANGE IN ITSELF TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE ACTUALLY DONE THAT A MANY OF TIMES, BUT ITS WHAT HAPPENED AFTER THAT WAS.

AS I STEPPED UP INTO THE BUS I NOTICED THAT IT WAS EMPTY EXCEPT FOR ONE  WOMAN ON THE VERY FRONT SEAT BY THE DOOR AND THE DRIVER.  I WENT AND SAT DOWN BEHIND THE DRIVER AND TOLD HIM I WAS GOING TO THE NEXT STOP AND I WOULD GET OFF THERE. HE CLOSED THE DOOR AND BEGAN DRIVING. DURING THE TRIP I NOTICED THE DRIVER KEPT LOOKING AT ME THROUGH THE MIRROR AND THE WOMAN WAS ALSO LOOKING AT ME AND SMILING A WHOLE BUNCH.  THIS BACK AND FORTH LOOKING AND SMILING WENT ON UNTIL THE DRIVER STOPPED THE BUS AND OPENED THE DOOR.  I GOT UP AND STARTED GETTING OFF THE BUS. AS I STEPPED OFF OF THE LAST STEP I HAD A FUNNY FEELING COME ACROSS ME.  ONE OF THOSE FEELING THAT YOU KNEW WAS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE. I TURNED AROUND JUST AS THE DRIVER WAS CLOSING THE DOOR. MY EYES MET HIS AND WE BOTH SMILED. RIGHT AS THE DOOR WAS CLOSING I HEARD HIM SAY “YOU’R DOING GOOD KID”. I STOOD THERE IN SHOCK AND DISBELIEF AS I WATCHED THAT BIG SILVER EAGLE ROLL OFF AND DISAPPEAR INTO THE NIGHT.

NOW I KNOW IT WAS JUST A DREAM.   BUT MAY IS A PRETTY SPECIAL MONTH FOR AT LEAST FOUR REASONS I CAN THINK OF.  AND IF I DO STILL HAVE A LITTLE MAGIC LEFT OUT THERE IN THE MOONLIGHT,  I WOULD LIKE TO THINK THAT THE DREAM WASN’T A DREAM. RATHER A QUICK AND KIND VISIT FROM A BROTHER MASTER MASON LETTING ME KNOW THAT THE VIRTUE THAT INDEED UNITED US REALLY NEVER COULD BE SEPARATED.

I HAVE TO SMILE AND PONDER THOUGH WHEN I THINK ABOUT THE OTHER MYSTERY………. WHO WAS THAT LADY?

SOMETHING FOR YOU TO PONDER.

MY FATHER WAS A BUS DRIVER AT ONE TIME.

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