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Donnie Johnson



JOHNSON

Donnie Loved His Home. I saw my Brother, Donnie, for the last time about 12:45 PM October 19, 2013. I'd written him and Diane a new 2014 Medicare Plan. As I left I said, "Love you all", and heard him say, "Love you too". About 6 PM he called Greg, his Son, to tell him he'd killed a deer, drove his Jeep to the deer, stepped out of the Jeep and stepped into eternity. I know he loved the Lord and so loved his home. Edgar Albert Guest perhaps said it best. This poem should on the wall of every home. Paul Johnson, Brother of Donald "Donnie" Johnson. Home. By Edgar Albert Guest. It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home, A heap o' sun an' shadder, an' ye sometimes have t' roam. Afore ye really 'preciate the things ye lef' behind, An' hunger fer 'em somehow, with 'em allus on yer mind. It don't make any differunce how rich ye get t' be, How much yer chairs an' tables cost, how great yer luxury; It ain't home t' ye, though it be the palace of a king, Until somehow yer soul is sort o' wrapped round everything. Home ain't a place that gold can buy or get up in a minute; Afore it's home there's got t' be a heap o' livin' in it; Within the walls there's got t' be some babies born, and then Right there ye've got t' bring 'em up t' women good, an' men; And gradjerly, as time goes on, ye find ye wouldn't part with anything they ever used-they've grown into yer heart: The old high chairs, the playthings, too, the little shoes they wore Ye hoard; an' if ye could ye'd keep the thumbmarks on the door. Ye've got t' weep t' make it home, ye've got t' sit an' sigh An' watch beside a loved one's bed, an' know that Death is nigh; An' in the stillness o' the night t' see Death's angel come, An' close the eyes o' her that smiled, an' leave her sweet voice dumb. Fer these are scenes that grip the heart, an' when yer tears are dried, Ye find the home is dearer than it was, an' sanctified; An' tuggin' at ye always are the pleasant memories; O' her that was an' is no more-ye can't escape from these. Ye've got t' sing an' dance fer years, ye've got t' romp an' play, An' learn t' love the things ye have by usin' 'em each day; Even the roses 'round the porch must blossom year by year Afore they 'come a part o' ye, suggestin' someone dear Who used t' love 'em long ago, an' trained 'em jes' t' run; The way they do, so's they would get the early mornin' sun; Ye've got t' love each brick an' stone from cellar up t' dome: It takes a heap o' livin' in a house t' make it home.

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Published in the Kentucky Enquirer from Oct. 22 to Oct. 23, 2013
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