Who's A Who To You?

Precious entities in my life:

Of course, Mom is a must on my list!
Of course, Mom is a must on my list! | Source
My eternal companion is the one who not only vacations with me, but puts her shoulder to the other wheel as we push along.
My eternal companion is the one who not only vacations with me, but puts her shoulder to the other wheel as we push along. | Source
Three of the foursome the fourth supported so well during his lifetime.
Three of the foursome the fourth supported so well during his lifetime. | Source
Five children and sixteen (plus) grandchildren complete our bouquet of treasures.
Five children and sixteen (plus) grandchildren complete our bouquet of treasures. | Source
Catnap or Catnip?  They all boil down to the dual pleasures of a nip now and then and a nap as often as possible.  Even when he is sleeping, this fella is a treasure, too.
Catnap or Catnip? They all boil down to the dual pleasures of a nip now and then and a nap as often as possible. Even when he is sleeping, this fella is a treasure, too. | Source

Who's a real "Who" to you?

Who's on your own "Who's Who?" list?

My guess is that family and pets will head the list.

Depending on your age, a teacher or two, and a mentor may be way up there, too.

How about a pastor, priest, or a rabbi?

If you aren't married yet, a sweetheart can be especially special. If you are married, a spouse who is still your sweetheart may well rank first of all the rest.

Children, if you have them, and their spouses, and especially their children....your grandchildren.... will be at the top like cream on the milk used to be before everything seemed to become homogenized.

Best friends are always best friends because friends are forever, and when you lose one their uniqueness makes them irreplaceable.

Heroes can score high, and we feel the loss when a Stan Musial, or a Ted Williams, a Kennedy brother, or a Dr. Seuss (Theodor Geisel) or Mister Rogers (Fred Rogers) pass on to their next engagements.

Then there are the celebrities who have earned a place in our time zones here on earth because we grew up with them, or admired them, even patterned some part of our lives after them, such as Jimmy Stewart, Doris Day, Martin Luther King, Jr., Oprah Winfrey, Colin Powell and Walter Cronkite.

Regardless of who makes our list, their passing is felt personally and we often reflect too much on our loss and not enough on our gain, the gain that has come to us from having them in our lives.

And perhaps, just perhaps, you can easily add one or more fictional characters such as Cindy Lou Who of Whoville who helped the Grinch realize that perhaps his heart was two sizes too small and in doing so nudged your own, or a child's, a half size larger.

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Copyright 2012 Demas W. Jasper All rights reserved.

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Ericdierker 3 years ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

Thanks for a great hub, I am just caught in the circle of gratefulness for gratitude. You remind me have how many greats have influenced my life.


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Gypsy Rose Lee 3 years ago from Riga, Latvia

Voted up. This is inspirational. You are right we must count our blessings and there are people who we meet along the way who have in a way greatly touched or influenced our lives. My list includes my parents, some very close friends who are now gone, relatives and friends I will always remember and a handful of very best friends whom I still keep in touch with. You are truly blessed with a wonderful and large family. I admire your mama may God bless her always she is truly a strong woman. Hugs.


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CrisSp 3 years ago from Sky Is The Limit Adventure

These words are so true: "We often reflect too much on our loss and not enough on our gain, the gain that has come to us from having them in our lives." --very inspirational hub.

I enjoyed reading this and glancing at the lovely pictures added a lot more to the hub.

Thank you.

P.S. Your cat snap reminded me of our Oreo. You may want to see my hub about him "Vanished", so you'll know what I mean. Thanks again.


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Genna East 3 years ago from Massachusetts, USA

I loved this hub. Our “Who’s” list can be so varied…and we “often reflect too much on our loss and not enough on our gain, the gain that has come to us from having them in our lives.” So very true! Your photos are wonderful. And you have sixteen grandchildren! How lucky you are. :-) I am expecting my first any day now, and am over the moon in anticipation. Voted Up +.


Vincent Moore 3 years ago

This wonderful hub is filled with inspirational thoughts and kindness to our fellow man/woman/child and all those in between. Friends, heros and even sometimes foes. A brilliant list of reasons why we should be thankful in so many ways. Voted Up+


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web923 3 years ago from Twentynine Palms, California

Yes indeed, there's a lot to be grateful for; even those difficult experiences that have brought us understanding. Awesome piece of work!


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Genna East: Congratulations "Grammy-to-be"! We had five here being "Grand-sat" yesterday evening. We fed them all, and they retired to wii games and played contentedly with no fighting (ages 4-to 10)!----as a nation we must be training drone pilots! We are blessed beyond measure. All 16 of ours are healthy, bright, and (of course) talented, as in what we all did this past Christmas. Money is not the tresure, family is.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Vincent Moore: Aren't we fortunate that God didn't put us on some habitable planet by our lonesomes? Family, friends, helpers, contestants, teachers, spiritual leaders, and those who share in any way in our lives define our lives in so many ways. Aren't we fortunate!


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

web923 : If we are not grateful for what we have, we are not deserving of anything more. " Count your blessings, name them one by one. Count your many blessings; see what God has done." Just lyrics? Or great advice? We each must decide for ourself. Counting the experiences we learn from, as you have pointed out, allows them to be included in our ....a very long list we ought to review more often.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Ericdierker: Imagine for a moment what it will be like to have an eternity of perfect recall. We will know how others influenced our life, and how we influenced the lives of others! Then we will have all eternity to thank some and apologize to others.


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

Gypsy Rose Lee: See my previous comment. Thanks for yours (and the hug.)


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Perspycacious 3 years ago from Today's America and The World Beyond Author

CrisSp: Here's hoping another feline is roaming your rooms and adding love and inspiration. Thanks for your note.

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