Mr Dietrich has been a huge influence on my life. I often refer to my singing experiences with him when speaking to my 8 children who all love singing. I am sure his influence will be felt by many generations to come. Thank you to his family for sharing him with us. Class of "77
Life is like a puzzle with all the different pieces together making up
the picture of our life.
Periodically, a piece is yanked away and taken
to a place we cannot see.
At times, it may seem as though too many pieces
or too large of a piece is gone
to be able to see what the picture of our life is.
We may feel disconnected or as though we no longer have a puzzle
we belong to.
We may resist letting other pieces fill the missing spots,
feeling that the ones we love and miss
could never be replaced.
When we open our hearts and eyes,
we realize the pieces that are available to fill the void
are not replacements.
Instead, they make up a different picture, one that we too
are part of.
In the end, when we are yanked, we discover the pieces that went before us are assembled on the other side
waiting for our return.
It is then we see that the grand picture
is not only the original we so fondly remember,
but a composite of all the various
scenes of our life.
If we could only see that “grand composite” while here in this existence,
it would perhaps give us the courage to let go of pieces that need to leave
in order to allow others in
to help fill the grandeur
of what can be.
May we look beyond what we see as voids,
which are waiting for us elsewhere,
toward the possibilities of what our life can be…
Written by Rose Doty Voigt