“We Are That Bread”

Two years ago we lost a great friend, father, grandfather, brother and husband. I didn’t think it was possible to move on and push through the darkness, but I did. In fact, God was merciful and helped me find a new love and be able to write a new chapter and book for my life. In the meantime, I wanted to share an impactful message from JB.

On August 22, 2015 what would have been our 20th wedding anniversary was instead a Memorial Service. John’s son, Jeri, shared a short but very moving memory of his dad.

JB spent over 30 years of his life working for Publix Supermarkets. Even after retiring, he was always excited to walk through the grocery store looking for new items and shopping for groceries! It was heaven for me because I despise shopping and especially shopping for groceries!

A special memory from Jeri was working with his dad in the grocery store. On one particular day, they walked the bread aisle where his father taught him one of his greatest lessons. Walking through the bread aisle, JB noted that there was one loaf of bread left on the shelf. He told Jeri, “if there was one loaf of bread left in the aisle, you know you had enough. If there wasn’t any, you don’t know how many people went without.”

It’s taken two years for me to come to terms with this, but as Jeri said, “we are that bread.” Those of us who were fortunate to know JB realize what those four words mean. He left enough “bread on the shelf so that you know you had enough.” His smile, kindness, compassion, love, and especially his wit provided enough. We who had the opportunity to know him and love him are enough. On August 1, 2015, he had done enough. His job was done . . . he can rest in peace. All of us who knew JB for a few moments, days, months, years, know that “we are that bread”. We will continue his legacy and make sure “no one goes without.”

“I just want to grow old with you”

My husband wrote this beautiful poem not long after we were married 18 years ago.  For anyone who has found their soul-mate, I hope you enjoy and share the same sentiment.

 

“I just want to grow old with you

Walking through the sands of time.

Our footprints left side by side

With your hand held tightly in mine.

I want to watch you grow more beautiful

In the ways only you can do.

And be with you every minute I can.

I just want to grow old with you.

I want to make lots of memories

That bring a smile as they cross your mind.

I want to weave a spell over your heart

That will last ‘til the end of time.

I want to cherish each passing day

And share each moment with you.

And I want to love you forever and ever,

I just want to grow old with you.”

~ John Boxx

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