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Her Best Fishing Days Are Here

Updated on April 17, 2009

A Bad Day Of Fishing Is Better Than The Best Day Of Work

It won't be long now and the days will be growing shorter again. This spring has been filled with some crazy weather and some hard to swallow lessons in my life. The lump in my throat grows and shrinks as my mind jumps about the events of the past four months. I have been trying to pursue an income from the words I punch into my computer while I also try to hold down the family fort. The words I put forth in this hub are for the respect and consideration I hold for all those who have read and commented on the story I wrote about my Aunt Dorothy going fishing.

They say to put on a happy face, smile and the whole world smiles with you.

The Pastor spoke of a women who we all held sacred in our hearts. Her passing was expected and did not come as a shock but more as a Thanksgiving, for this women who's body was spent and energy run dry. It was not that the expectation made it any easier to let go and let God. We are at fault that way, us humans. We understand what is best but we want it to be different somehow, easier. Death brings forth feelings that are buried in our inner most being and these feelings come rising to the surface and looking deep into our eyes, into our hearts... It is not easy.

Her Work On Earth Is Complete

I was the luckiest one of all those who attended her final service and funeral. I had been able to take her on her last fishing trip just about six weeks ago, sharing with her, something she truly loved to do. I was also able to hold a large party, at my home, in her honor, the night before we laid her to rest. It was at that party that my family read the HubPage I had published right after our trip to the river. They laughed and they cried and it hurt bad and it felt good and we were united by the passing of this wonderful women we called Mom, Sister, Friend and My Aunt Dorothy.

Dorothy I. Branch


July 16, 1924


May 29, 2008

God saw you getting weary,

He did what he thought best;

He put his arms around you

And said, "Come and rest."

He opened up his golden gates

On that heartbreaking day,

And with his arms around you

You gently slipped away,

It broke our hearts to lose you

You did not go alone;

A part of us went with you

The day God called you home.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Life truly is beautiful Constant Walker, Thanks for reading this. C.S.

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      Constant Walker 9 years ago from Springfield, Oregon


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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Zsuzsy Bee I pray she sends ME that great Big Fish to catch on my line as well. I already have her love and best wishes.

      Regards acknowledged, C.S.

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      Zsuzsy Bee 9 years ago from Ontario/Canada

      Your Aunt has all the time now to sit and fish if she so chooses. Every thought you give her everyday will give her a bite at the end of her rod. Then she can send you her love and thought too. So think of her often and feel her love hug you...

      kindest regards Zsuzsy

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Bless you Sweetie.

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      SweetiePie 9 years ago from Southern California, USA

      This is a wonderful memory of your aunt's legacy here on earth. I know I will be devastated when my mom passes, which I hope this does not happen in the near future. However, we cannot predict when and where these things will happen and we must be thankful for every day. Thank you for this inspirational piece.

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Gawn Fishin', You understand where I am with this. I know they are both stretching the size of that fish story they are spinnin' too! Thanks for being....

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Shirley, I appreciate your thought and prayers. Life is good!

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      Shirley Anderson 9 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I'm so sorry, C.S. 

      Thankfully, you have such a wonderful last memory of your Aunt Dorothy that will stay with you always.  It sounds like you are able to take a lot of comfort in that.

      Sending you thoughts and prayers.


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      Gawn Fishin' 9 years ago from Vancouver, BC

      I am so sorry for your loss Alexis. I can't help but think of my father, I took him on his last fishing trip. Maybe he is fishing along side Dorthy today.


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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      G-Ma, You know Aunt Dorothy had such a good time she went and got a haircut so she would be more comfortable on our next fishing trip. Thank you kindly for your thoughts. C.S.

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      Merle Ann Johnson 9 years ago from NW in the land of the Free

      My prayers are said for you and" Wisdom is the reward for listening over a lifetime"  Am sure she loved that day of are wonderful  :o)  G-Ma Hugs

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      C.S.Alexis 9 years ago from NW Indiana

      Thank you Rob.

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      Rob Jundt 9 years ago from Midwest USA

      My condolences on the passing of your beloved Aunt Dorothy.

      "Surely goodness and lovingkindness will follow me all the days of my life, And I will dwell in the house of the LORD forever."