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2005.04.27 01:12

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Perry Hotel

                               .....Hahn Joong Lee


Midnight, Petoskey, Michigan.
Looking out into the darkness over the quiet Lake Michigan,
the streetlights of the Gaslight District barely penetrating the thick fog
after the late evening showers in early summer of Northern Michigan.

Sue, my sweetheart, my true love, and I are celebrating our 33rd anniversary.
It is thirty three years ago, also, when Sue and I arrived here in Michigan.
Petoskey is known for Petoskey Stones, which are some 350 million years old coral fossils.
Lake Michigan was once a sea, an ocean, with lots of corals living underneath.

Thirty three years versus three hundred fifty million years, yet
they are brief moments in the life of this universe.
Sue and I and those Petoskey Stones are mere transients in this universe.

Thirty three years seem a long time when we look at our three grown up children
and our first grand daughter, Isabelle, eight months old, the most beautiful angel we ever saw.
Three hundred fifty million years seem a long time beyond my imagination, yet
I'm forced to believe by science that it is only a brief pause
in the life of this awesome universe full of wonders and miracles.

Perry Hotel is one hundred years old sitting on the hill overlooking the lake.
Room 216 has a balcony with a table, chairs and a couch providing
the spectacular sunset every evening, a daily big event in this town.
I imagine this room 216 must have pleased many guests in all those years.
I promise myself Sue and I will revisit this room next year.

While Sue was leaning on my chest cozily looking out to the Lake Michigan,
she murmurs, " Everything seems to come only to pass away."
Spontaneously, like a reflex, I say, "Except one thing."
She nods without saying a word.
She knew exactly what I meant, "Our Love."


* Of note, this was written in June of 1999. We now have three grand daughters,
ages, 6 1/2, 3 1/2, and 2.....April. 26. 2005


♬ A Time Remembered.....Kevin Kern * Webpage : jinsoo


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