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when i was 17 , i came to new mexico and as a homeless person ,
i was taken in by the gomez family from taos pueblo .
suzy gomez was my ” mom / big sister / earth mother ”
and henry gomez , her husband , my ” brother ” .
they feed me and allowed me to sleep on the only couch in a 20’x20’ room
with their 12 kids !
in return , i took suzy shopping and laundering and the kids to school ,
in my pickup truck , and henry and i got firewood the old fashioned way ,
with an ax .
i went off to prison for pot eventualy , and learned wood working there .
later in life i came back to new mexico , and our friendship was still strong ,
but suzy was on dialysis and henry was recovering from a stroke .
they had a different house close to the pueblo , and the water was not running .
well , i bought a new pump and got the pipes changed , so they could clean and cook and bathe .
suzy passed on , and i was asked to make a cross for her grave .
this is how i love her .
the cross is aromatic cedar ,curly claro walnut , padouk .
the sun rays are satin wood , with purpleheart heart , and the morningbird is holly .
it was blessed by the padre at the church there on palm sunday , one year to the day after her passing .
they have a private cemetery , and after a procession from the church , i respectfully waited outside with
the rest of the non-native americans .
but the family came out and asked me to mount the cross to some cedar posts that were placed for this
in the ground .
to this day , i may be the only white person that has been allowed to go into this cemetery !
after her passing , i took care of henry for 10 years , along with his children ,
and took him to mexico twice and to all the national parks and monuments .
they are both gone now , but live on in my heart !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#1 posted 11-30-2009 07:47 PM

touching story, David
God bless you too

-- "Don't let the perfect be the enemy of the good." Voltaire

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#2 posted 11-30-2009 07:56 PM

“The Heart Knows what the Mind cannot even begin to understand…”

Forgot who wrote that, but it fits the story.

-- Bob Kenosha Wi.

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#3 posted 11-30-2009 07:57 PM

You make them proud, David!

-- Wish I were Norm's Nephew

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#4 posted 11-30-2009 08:02 PM

Wow David what a path you’ve walked down ! I’m sure Suzy and Henry are very proud of you and felt/feel Blessed to have you in their lives.

This cross was a Great and very Touching gift
God Bless you, Suzy, Henry and all your loved ones

-- Rj's Woodworks,San Jose & Weed Ca,

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#5 posted 11-30-2009 08:06 PM

They don’t make’em like you anymore Bro.

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#6 posted 11-30-2009 08:10 PM


-- David Osborne,

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#7 posted 11-30-2009 08:12 PM

Beautiful Dave this is what makes us the best humans god would of wanted

-- cut it saw it scrap it SKPE: ANDREW.CARTER69

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#8 posted 11-30-2009 08:12 PM

What a great story everyone should have friends/family like that, i’m sure she is still looking in on you from time to time to see how you are doing.

Great woodworking also.

-- Wood and Glass they kick (well you know) Have a great day - Dug

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#9 posted 11-30-2009 08:19 PM

i was given the blanket that she prayed in ,
and a clay turtle from her pueblo .
also some cedar to use for purification ,
and blessings .

the blanket i hope to be cremated in ,
i came naked to this world ,
but i feel that i can meet my maker in this blanket ,
as i was given it with love ,
for services rendered !

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#10 posted 11-30-2009 08:22 PM

And she lives on in our hearts and in cyber world because of your love for her.

Thanks David.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia [email protected]

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#11 posted 11-30-2009 08:25 PM

After reading this, I am once again convinced that we, along with those we meet, come into this life with a destiny to be fulfilled.

Thank you for sharing this very personal story.

-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#12 posted 11-30-2009 08:39 PM

They did a good thing for you and in return you did a good thing for them. It cant get much better than that.

-- Best Regards With Personalized Rocking Chairs And Furniture On My Mind,

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#13 posted 11-30-2009 08:57 PM

thank you david for shareing your story..its all about the love and service we render to others..and you have learned well my friend…..may you have peace in your heart…and im grateful your a part of my life…

-- GRIZZMAN ...[''''']

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#14 posted 11-30-2009 09:01 PM

I wish that I could say something poetic, but I’ve got nothin’. All I can say is that that is a very touching story and a very beautiful piece of work. AND, this post backs up my comment on your rant.

-- Cheers and God Bless

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#15 posted 11-30-2009 09:09 PM

With gloomy skies overhead I was looking for some sunshine, its in New Mexico…

-- Never board, always knotty, lots of growth rings

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