Sunday, September 18, 2011


As a new season approaches, I took some time tonight to reflect on the memories we made this summer. Barbecues with friends & family, reconnecting with some old friends, and sprinkler-fun with my girl. This started as a post for her; and while she get's the photo spotlight, I wanted to share some thoughts I intended to write last night but couldn't find the words.

 I am a people guy. I love being around others; and I rarely like being alone. If there's a get-together with laughs and good times, I want to be there. I am a projects guy. I love creating and sharing. It's something I must do to feel at peace. I'm always working on "a project"; ask my wife. :)

 But as summer is slowing down, and a close friend moves away, (the third in two years); I couldn't help but get sentimental. I'm blessed to have such wonderful and talented people in my life. It's not by chance. People who I care about and who display it back to me; and people who inspire me to keep creating. I have a project in the works right now about this very topic. Standby. (As I hear Steph laughing)

We all spend time on the computer, 'liking' posts & checking up on 'friends', but I urge you to go out and meet someone new or take an old friend out to lunch. Smile. Pass it around. And I want to say thanks to The Fullers. A lovely young couple in their 80s. I met them tonight while on a bike ride. I'll share photographs later. Thanks summer2011.

Posted by Posted by Derek Riley at 11:12 PM
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5 comments:

Heather said...

you definitely are a project guy lol. and now i am bawling at summer 2011's passing. well written.

The Happy Hatch Family said...

totally agree

Renee said...

Precious little one in yellow,and yes I agree pass the smile on.You do great and keep the friendships alive close or far away.Projects guy,hadn't noticed-LOL God gives us much to pass on to others.

steph said...

tears. what a great summer we had. great post.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed,thanks for the up lifting blog !!!

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