This has been a hard post to do for me. My main reason is that I am trying to use scanned pictures,
and this program is not one I am familiar with. Bear with me as I learn the ins and outs of using
old scans. The main thing I am trying to do is remember 2 old friends and family members:
Molly May Nelson and Smokey Nelson. Molly came to us May 1st of 2005, having been born
the year before, and Smokey was saved by our children from the abuse of the neighbors dogs
around the same time frame. Molly lasted until Saturday August 28th, 2010 and Smokey
was with us until February 2, 2008.
One memory of Molly is that she always stole the couch when she could---
Perris had to give up his spot for Molly!
Hey, we were tired!
No doubt we had recently returned from one of our long runs
through the streets and hills of
Yucaipa, Ca. Our runs went anywhere from 4 to 6 miles long!
Molly loved being with us, even when we washed the car! She enjoyed
being sprayed as the California sun was usually quite warm!
Quintessential Molly May 2001---As Jolly as any Christmas Day!
This last picture was taken at the San Antonio Koa in June of 2004 and shows
the Lynn and Melody Nelson family having a last hurrah of sorts
(I know you all LOVE IT WHEN I SAY THAT). We were never
to be the same again---or as small as a family unit again! I remember Perris
helping me to make a mean barbecue at this time.
Mike graduated then as a medic from Ft. Sam Houston and we were so proud
of him---He’s such a smart boy! Perris began Lacrosse in 2004 at Wakefield High
School in Arlington, Va. and was an honor student (such a smart boy as well)!
Anne married November 27th that
year to Silas Molino, and had
Alexander Perris November 16, 2005,Everett Spencer 2 years after
(November 9, 2007) and
Clara Macie (our daisy) just last year (November 3, 2009). Connie married
Tony Balluff on Columbus day (October 12, 2006), and had
Brody Michael March26, 2008. Hyrum
is expected on black Friday of this year, but I think he will decide to come
a few days earlier.
At any rate, I think that Molly (and Smokey) would have us remember them for the
good times we had for them. I read a scripture on the morning of Molly’s passing
that said be glad and don’t fear!. One of the things that helped me during this time
is that I had my Perris with me when Smokey died and the whole family around
loving me through this time of Molly’s death—even Grandma Nelson and my Mother.
My Mom said she would miss Molly because---“Molly was the best dog!” Michael even
shared the video he made of her when she was much healthier jumping over the
laundry basket at the Avalon. As we all know, she loved running, tennis balls, and
any people food that could give her diarrhea! She had terrible allergies and arthritis!
She was a mess, but she was our dog, a real family dog, even though she had
bonded with me inseparably over running. We stopped running when she was 13 1/2/
2 1/2 years ago. Molly stayed at a pet hotel in Springfield during the last week before
she became so violently ill. They wrote of her: “Age has not taken away from Molly’s
poise and grace. She is as majestic as a goddess and as beautiful as an early sunrise.
Her sweet, compassionate eyes relfect a love and ambition that will never die.
She relishes the fresh breeze on her fur and the scent of the grass in her nose".
Truly she had a “good run” even if she did hate old ladies, blondes, and little
children, and Smokey was, as usual, Smokey---a true scaredy cat!