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Ralph Pic Of The Week
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week from past weeks click here.
August 13th, the doctors at the North Shore Hospice gave
my mother Eva, "a week to live". On Wednesday, September
26th, they gave her 24 to 48 hours. They were wrong. But only
in their timetable predictions. My mother passed away, yesterday morning
at 7:35AM. I was at her side holding her hands. I had been praying
and comforting her during that final hour. She was having such difficulty
in breathing. The Hospice nurses gave her pain meds to ease her journey.
I was on my knees, telling her how much we all loved her, and that it
was OK to go. She opened her eyes and looked at me . I called out to her.
Then she closed her eyes, and slipped away forever.
She was always aware of my love of surfing. How could she not? How many days had I showed up late for all kinds of Holiday dinners, and family gatherings, all because of surfing? Are you kidding me? Too many to even try and give you a figure. Hundreds of times for sure. She and my late father, would shake their heads in unison when I finally did show up. They would both say in disdain "Surfing again?" I could only nod my head, and sheepishly answer, "Yes."
This sound familiar?
I used to surf a certain Reef break on the North Shore in the winter,
I could always count on a hot shower and a huge meal afterwards. Even
after I moved up North, and I'd come down for a surf, there was always
my mother, welcoming me, putting up with my stinky wetsuit and messy,
sandy tub. And her cooking? Well her cooking was the best in the world.
much has happened in the last 20 years. We've lost both of our
fathers, and now my mother. But, we still have her mom Judith and
her step dad John, and we have her step mom JoEllen, and
we have three beautiful children. Gabby, Max and Noelle.
I love you Cory.
Speaking of marriages. There are two coming up this weekend. Christos Valhouli and Alison Herriot and Steve Rafferty and Nohea Nichols. Both will take place on Saturday October 13th, 2007. The whole surfing community and beyond, wish both couples the best. We're all so happy for both couples. In my personal opinion, the foundation of the family begins with marriage. But having said that, there are many, who share truly loving families without the license of marriage.
I say: Whatever floats your longboard.
For me, it's marriage. I know there are many marriages out there who work at keeping it together. And make no mistake about it. It's hard. Dam hard. And there's no guarantees either. You have got work at making it work. The easiest thing in the world to do is quit. Anybody can quit.
look at marriage like a big day at the Wall. You know there's good waves
out there if you can just make it outside. So you dig in deep for the
long paddle. You can luck out and not get hit on the way out, or you can
take a few on the head. The question is, will you keep going, or will
you roll over and quit? Lots of people quit. Look at the divorce rate.
still buzzing from my weekend California trip from 2 weeks ago.
I can't believe how many new friends I made out there and how truly special
it all was. I won't ever forget it.
OK it's time to talk Sports. Since last weekend, the Patriots and the Red Sox had a hell of a weekend. Is there anyone out there who does not know about this? The Patriots are 5-0 and show no signs of slowing down. Still, the talk radio guys have found fault in their last victory against the BROWNS. Are you kidding me? We scored 34 points and they are complaining? And let me say this. The Cowboys were NOT that impressive the other night. Tony Romo threw 5 INTs and fumbled the ball once. If the BILLS had any kind of an offense they would of won.
The kind of offense the Patriots have.
Them Cowboys better tighten up those chinstraps come Sunday afternoon. Cuz we have an offense that will rival any offense out there. Tom Brady's got himself a bevy of receivers who can catch the ball. Take your pick. Randy, Stallworth, Watson, Welka...do I need to keep going? Someone even had the nerve to say we need Marhoney back quickly. Huh? Didn't Morris get over 100 yards on Sunday? Give me a break people.
Red Sox? Hello???? Man them Angels never knew what hit em!
Bring on the Indians. I know some of you wanted to spank the Yankees
again. Me? I say the hell with them. Let them watch at home. Like the
rest of us. Ha!
my friends...Surfing heals all wounds....
October 10th 1987 Surf Family Marriage
Somewhere up north.
2007 Parting Shot... New Surfer Girl has entered our world...