This will be the hardest post that I have ever made in this forum. Most people know me and keenly aware that I¡¯m ¡°fast-on-the-draw!¡± However, this posting has taken some deep thought and consideration, prior to its posting.
Gerald, I do NOT know how to express my sympathy not only to you, but Yirong and your entire family. I¡¯m sure that they are a great comfort to you in this time.
However, I¡¯m sure that I can speak frankly for your entire CFL ¡°extended¡± family. All of our deepest sympathies are extended to you and your family at this time.
I have spent many years in the military. I have seen many men pass and it was always very, very hard for me every time. The memories they invoke are as sharp and hurtful day to day. There are no words that can completely comfort. Probably, the most comforting words that I have ever heard were that as long as your memory lives, you will also live and be with us!
I went back over some of your posts. I was excited and at the same time saddened by your posts. I saw the true development of the relationship between Yirong and yourself. I hope that you didn¡¯t mind, but a compiled a brief compilation of those posts for members to read, remember you by and etch you persona into their memories. Perhaps they will remember and have their own individual relationships develop in the same manner. Therefore you will never be forgotten. I personally know that I will always remember you.
To CFL members, a brief and lasting memory for SkiBum and Yirong:
From better times, for new and old CFL member¡¯s to enjoy.
http://candleforlove...?...ic=1825&hl= Yirong arriving in the US
http://candleforlove...?...ic=1850&hl= Yirong and her first EAD
http://candleforlove...?...ic=2412&hl= Yirong and her first car race with skibum
http://candleforlove...?...ic=3987&hl= Yirong receiving her first AOS appointment
http://candleforlove...?...ic=4796&hl= Yirong and Skibum¡¯s first anniversary.
http://candleforlove...?...ic=4926&hl= Skibum¡¯s dating Rules. Strange, that they are still applicable. Hope that newer members still read them.
http://candleforlove...?...ic=5102&hl= Yirong¡¯s continued happiness with skibum.
http://candleforlove...?...ic=5777&hl= Yirong and skibum afternoon tea.
http://candleforlove...?...c=10399&hl= Skibum bragging on Yirong¡¯s grades. Wish I could have the same problem as Yirong.
http://candleforlove...?...c=12093&hl= Yirong¡¯s first car¡"1976 Austin Mini Cooper, red with white strips and each stripe has John Cooper's signature.¡± My father gave me underwear for my birthday. Sighhhhh!
http://candleforlove...?...c=13453&hl= Yirong became a permanent resident
http://candleforlove...?...c=14805&hl= Christmas 2005 message
Gerald has truly shown the evolution of a happy intercultural marriage. I only pray that other members can be so fortunate.
Thanks Gerald for the memories that you have given me. I still remember advice that you gave me when I first joined CFL. You will always be alive and now a part of me.
Gerald, my wife when she heard the news began quietly crying. There is no doubt in my mind, that your news has hit home extremely hard for all members of the CFL family. There are a few words of comfort that I willing extend to you in this time, which came from a Chinese woman, whom I later married. These words now seem even more poignant than ever. Her words were read at my father¡¯s eulogy. Somehow they seem very fitting at this time¡.
¡°I knew your father only by telephone. I sorry I have never met him and now I will never meet him. He sounded so kind when he spoke to me. I can hear the wisdom in his words
Darling David, please remember that a person, like your father, who leaves this world, is a child playing with God!
The child plays with all the toys that God gives to them. The children play in the morning. They play in the afternoon. They keep play harder in the afternoon. Soon it will be suppertime.
But the child is always disappointed! Soon, it is bedtime! God gathers all the toys up and puts them away. It is now the child¡¯s bedtime and the child must sleep, so that it can play again tomorrow! God places the child in bed and allows it to sleep.
Tomorrow, the child will play again, but the child never plays in the same place. But God will place the same toys to the child. But the toys will be in a different place.
Darling David, the child will be happy no matter where it plays. It will always have it toys!
I pray for your father and family.
From one soldier to another, I wish the very best to yourself, Yirong and your entire family. I hope to hear from you some more before it is time. I¡¯m sure many CFL members also have the same sentiment. You are now a part of myself.
All CFL members and David
Edited by Cerberus, 24 December 2007 - 01:47 AM.