September 2, 2014

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Homespun

By Jim Langham

For several years, I wrote a column for a publication entitled, “Between the Dates.” The columns honored people who made a special niche’ in my heart, or the hearts of others, often by the small “behind the scenes” things that they did. The “Between the Dates” idea came from the concept of the hyphen which often occurs on gravestones between the date that the person was born and the date that they passed.

For example, in the case of my mother, it would read, “Elnora Langham....born: May 17, 1920 - died: April 27, 2006.” Between those two days she did innumerable things, said an incalculable amount of words and left thousands of impressions on the lives of others through those actions and words.

There isn’t a day that goes by that I don’t reflect on her life several times; many times a day I draw conclusions for my own way of living from a sum of memories of my parents, grandparents and others that I highly respected.