Saturday, September 30, 2006

Mourning Joy - Saturday

Good Mourning Widows!

Joy to you and me.

Today we welcome famous widow Agnes Conlon into our club -- The one nobody wants to join.

Agnes was wife of John "Red" Pollard. You do remember, Red, don't you? He's the famous jockey who won the Triple Crown back in 1938 atop the famous horse, Seabiscuit, grandson of famous Man O'War, defeating famous War Admiral, the reigning Triple Crown winner in the Plimco Special. Anyhow, Conlon met Pollard at Winthrop Hospital in Boston, Massachusettes while recovering from injuries. Their marriage lasted more than 40 years and they had two children.

If there were a contest for shortest membership in our joyful club, Agnes would leap to the finish line. She died two weeks after Red.

Along with her husband, she is buried in Notre Dame Cemetery, Providence, Rhode Island.

Referring to the story, "Seabiscuit," by Laura Hillenbrand, Nora Pollard, Agnes's daughter, said,

"My mother is not in the movie and I thought that was too bad because it was a wonderful love story."

That it was, Nora. That it was. Thank you for sharing.

After we remember Him, let's think about our own love story and what can be told, or not told.

Then pick up a pen. And write.

Go ahead. I dare you.

Mourning Joy:

Q: What has 100 legs but cannot walk?

A: 50 pairs of pants.

Have a joyful day. And remember, we're not alone.


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