Happy Memorial Day Paul!

Paul, otherwise known as Harold to his sisters, is serving his country in Iraq.  He is E.O.D., which to us civilians, is Navy talk for the Bomb Squad.   And I for one, sleep better at night knowing he is out there.  Which I know is kind of backward.  Most people lose sleep when their loved one goes to war, but it is his job, and he loves it.  And there is no one I would trust more with my life.

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Here are some things you should know about my brother:

 

He grew up with three older sisters, who played with him as their real life doll, and called him Pooh Bear, and made him play Little House on the Prairie and The Waltons.  And he went into the Navy the second he graduated from high school…hmmm….but, he still loves us.  He would make us brownies and cookies whenever we asked, and with a group of girls, nothing says love like chocolate!

 

He is a very loyal and thoughtful friend.  Throughout his life he has had great groups of friends.  His childhood friends would make me laugh like crazy, when they all got together.  He has a neighborhood posse now who not only have get-togethers that last well into the early morning hours, but they go on vacations together.

 

He keeps a CLEAN house.  And yard and truck, and everything else that he owns.  And I’m sure that it also serves him well in the Navy.  We like to tease him about it, but I’m sure that’s because we’re all jealous!

 

He met his soul mate when he was 35.  And we all couldn’t be happier.  Kim is perfect for him and she blends into our family as if she has always been there.  And she’s also one wicked good cook!  We are thankful that he has her to come home to. 

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He is one generous guy.  The whole Gardin clan descended on his house right before he left for Iraq.    7 kids, 10 and younger.  And all their parents.  He has always been a great uncle.  The kind who send the kids on secret missions, sneak them a cookie when a parent isn’t looking, cuddle with them, but is not afraid to keep those 7 kids in line.  Maybe it’s something they learn in their military training, but when those kids are all getting a little rowdy, all he has to do is give them a look or a “hey” and they snap to attention.

 

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For all those moms out there (like our mom, who was only doing what she thought was for the best) who forbid their little kids to play with pretend  guns and weapons,  all I can say is…

 

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We love you and miss you, Paul!  Angels watch over you.

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5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Maria Pannell
    May 26, 2009 @ 00:02:52

    Great exposition on our little bro (who is not so little anymore, seeing that he is the biggest of us all now!)
    We love you Harold!
    Mia

  2. Kimberly Gardin
    May 26, 2009 @ 06:11:25

    What a wonderful tribute to Paul – you are always so thoughtful! Obviously it runs in the family… You guys raised Paul to be the most amazing person I have ever met. He’s a wonderful husband, and I am proud to have the Gardin name and to have 3 news sisters.

    Love to all of the Lockwood clan,

    Kimberly

  3. Pops
    May 28, 2009 @ 19:08:43

    Yes, Paul, we’re proud of you, and no, I’m not worried about you. I like the ‘pin-up’ photo with the gun and cigar. I did some trap shooting with my Mosberg 12 ga special at Spring Hill Camps this past week end. Just have to shoot fast- can’t let them get away. Thanks for the advice on the gun.
    Love,
    Pops

  4. Harold
    Jul 26, 2009 @ 13:18:30

    To them I am a son, a brother, an uncle, a cousin, a husband, and a best friend. To me they are the best family in the whole world. I love you all!!!
    Harold

  5. POPS
    Oct 23, 2009 @ 14:00:44

    FAMILY = GOD’S PLAN!

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