Wednesday, June 16th, 2021. 6:30 AM.
Wednesday Morning 8:23 AM I Was Born in Woonsocket, RI in 1951
11 months before Eileen
Whom I only met 10 years later in 4th grade at St. Charles School
The only thing I remember about Eileen in 4th grade was the fact she came into our class that year in September of 1961. She was only 8 years and 11 months old. I was 9 years and 10 months old. I still don’t know if Eileen was in kindergarten. I was not.
Maybe . . . someday . . . Eileen and Mark will walk together in a kind of kinder garden in the paradise of God . . . by the grace of God and the faith of Jesus Christ.
Dear Eileen, Hi. It is 12:35 AM on June 11th, 2021. Besides our May 27th, 2020 anniversary of a phone call, we also have a June 19, 1974 anniversary. And June 19th, 1974, was a Wednesday. And July 27th, 1977 when you delivered your baby was a Wednesday. And November 14th 1951 when I was born was a Wednesday. And the day my mother departed on August 15 2018 was a Wednesday. And the day I moved into Kennedy Manor on January 23rd, 2008 was a Wednesday. And my one-and-only-cat, Charcoal, the Lord’s Cat, departed on January 15th 2014 which was a Wednesday. And the first three letters of Wednesday are WED. And the middle letter is E – just like the very first letter of the name, Eileen. And the last letter of WED is D – which is/was the first letter of one of your last names. And D is the first letter of my middle name David. And W is the first letter of Woonsocket – the city in which we lived and went to school – the city where I first laid eyes on you in September of 1961.
I found an old journal from 1989. And read in it that it was on a Monday, May 8th 1989 that we happened to meet at 180 Carrington Avenue. That was all my journal entry showed; but, I remember the following: you were on the first floor looking for someone’s apartment. You said you were there about the Catholic Charity Fund Drive. Also in my journal was another brief entry that on Saturday, May 13 1989 we had lunch at the DiAngelo’s Sandwich Shop in the South Bellingham shopping center. This also I remember about that lunch; you offered to buy ice cream sundaes; so, we had that after our sandwiches. I remember you recommending them as being “very good.” And just now, I’m thinking that recommendation sounds like something a waitress might say – and then recalled that you worked at George’s Restaurant in Galilee in 1974.
I’m only mentioning these things, Eileen, because I want you to know that you are so dear to me that everything about you is something very special for me to cherish forever in my heart that loves you.
It was only last year that I heard the term Juneteenth for the first time. And later learned that it refers to Freedom Day. And it is celebrated on June 19th. And it May become a national holiday. Wouldn’t that be something, Eileen, if our June 19th, 1974 anniversary becomes a national holiday? I read about it at Wikipedia.org. June 19th was my parents wedding anniversary in 1948 at St. Ann’s Convent. And that is where I lived for 15 years after it became Sadwin Apartments. Moved there on the last day of 1992 and moved out on January 23rd 2008. December 31st, 1992 was a Thursday. Your birthday was on a Thursday.
Don’t worry, Eileen; I’m not “living in the past.” I’m living in love. And love never ends. It is in our past in our present and will be in our future. Love is Eternal, Eileen Evergreen?
Thinking now of the title of a Leonard Cohen song: “I’m Your Man.”
June 19th 1948 was a Saturday.
Believe it was on a Saturday during the Summer of ’74 that we drove to Watch Hill.
I walked on Daniels Street earlier this week and stopped to see the old schoolyard that is a park-like place now with approximately 13 small trees there. Do you know, Eileen, what the address was of our old school building – including the number? The church building address is North Main Street; however, the front entrance of the church is really on Daniels Street. And our school entrance was also on Daniels Street. And I remember a few times, going to Mass there on Sunday evenings – before 1974 – and seeing you there in church. I sat on the right side facing the altar—not along the central aisle; and you sat on the left in the center aisle. And one or two times you actually sat on the side close-by where I sat. And we almost walked out of church together. I still remember that . . . walking out of St. Charles Church with you near me.
I find you very mysterious, Eileen. How do you find me? Mysteries are wonderful. They provide much to wonder about.
It is now 2:06 AM. I have a cup of cheerios with soymilk/cow’s milk and a little sugar and two squares of shredded wheat on my desk. When I was young, I read mystery stories. Now, I’m living in “The Mystery of Eileen’s Love.”
“Good night, Eileen . . .”
PS: We should talk again . . . Eileen.
Eileen: “What should we talk about, Mark?”
Mark: “It doesn’t matter what we talk about, Eileen; only that we talk and listen to each other.
8:48 AM June 11th 2021. Eileen we should aspire to “higher ground” you and me. God calls us heavenward in Christ Jesus. It is better to be holy spiritual than to be merely earthly. Better for us to set our affection on things above where Christ is seated at the right hand of God than to be merely earth centered. “There is a River, Eileen, whose streams make glad the City of our God.” Let us be glad together in His City, the New Jerusalem, and sit together by His River flowing down The Golden Street in the middle of New Jerusalem you and I, Eileen. Don’t worry, Eileen. God makes it easy for us; all we have to do is believe in our hearts the gospel of Christ and then believe in the Lord Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior. And He takes care of us and of everything. “Trust and obey, Eileen. There is no other way to be happy with Jesus but to trust and obey” Him our Lord God Almighty.
“For people who speak thus make it clear that they are seeking a homeland. If they had been thinking of that land from which they had gone out, they would have had opportunity to return. But as it is, they desire a better country, that is, a heavenly one. Therefore God is not ashamed to be called their God, for he has prepared for them a city.” -Hebrews 11:14-16 ESV Study Bible.
Wednesday, June 16, 2021 5:29 AM
Mark: “Eileen, I was just thinking of us like this: maybe the reason we are not together is because this life is only a preliminary life for us; maybe God decreed before we were born that this life was to be only an introductory life for us to begin to wonder about Him; and to begin to consider Him Who is Love and Light and Spirit. And then, only after this preliminary life is completed shall we enter into Life; where we will begin to see and to understand and really be in Love in Him in His Kingdom and His Paradise and His Garden, His Kinder Garden. So, Eileen, I’m looking forward to seeing you again.
“At that time the disciples came to Jesus and asked, ‘Who is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven?’
“He called a little child and had him stand among them. And he said: ‘I tell you the truth, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven. Therefore, whoever humbles himself like this child is the greatest in the kingdom of heaven.’
“And whoever welcomes a little child like this in my name welcomes me.” -Matthew 18:1-5 NIV Study Bible.
I mentioned these verses to someone once, and she replied, “That’s not what it means.” I had not told her what Jesus meant. She was denying the meaning of Jesus’ words – not mine. That denial of the meaning of Jesus’ words is the spirit of unbelief. God calls us to believe the gospel and to believe on His Son Jesus Christ. Those who disobey God and, instead, remain in the state of heart and mind of unbelief will not enjoy eternal Life in God’s kingdom of heaven. They will be left out where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
“But Jesus answered them, ‘You are wrong, because you know neither the Scriptures nor the power of God. For in the resurrection they neither marry nor are given in marriage, but are like angels in heaven.’” -Matthew 22:29, 30. ESV Study Bible.