Capture life through your five senses :
Smell the sweet wisp of fresh fragrant lilacs .
Taste the sharp tartness of a ripe Winesap .
Feel the hand smoothed surface of antique wood .
Hear the murmuring of softly falling water .
See western far horizons painted mauve at dusk .
Somewhere beyond the obvious
Lurks an attitude, a sixth sense,
A resilience born flush of spirit
Drawn from a person's gene pool .
Grandfather at fourteen drove a
Horse and wagon Penn State to Linfield ,
Then survived Europe's W.W. I .
Charlie with Florence produced ten .
The widowed grandmother left Scotland ,
Just missed the Titanic , but she caught
The Great Depression here in America
Where she raised six of her children .
Bent over with age , grandfather
Also caught the Depression, even so,
Andy Grey and Wee Annie raised four
Boys, Scots, who willingly chose America .
Evolved with an attitude - resilience
Found deep within our forbearer's genes .
Ronald C. Downie