Hello Friends and Family,

2022 - Memories

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Can it be that another year has rolled by? What were we doing with our time? Oh yes, trying to cope with a COVID world. As is my custom, I use this first LAHP of the year to pause and remember my beloved Kona. Here she is at the top of the Gateway Arch in St. Louis — I was there for a class for HP. As you may recall, she traveled with me thanks to Southwest's "Friends Fly Free" policy — toured new cities, and then we would play golf when business was over.

I look at her beautiful face and still, my heart melts. Not only was she beautiful, but she also had an incredible personality — that, as I have said before made everyone she met fall in love with her. I was so lucky to find her and for us both to fall madly in love with each other. A friend from the gym once told me that whenever Kona and I came in for a workout, he got jealous — not that he wanted to steal Kona but that he never had that same kind of love.

It has been 24 years since she passed away and my tears still flow freely when I think of her. She was taken from this Earth way too soon. Some well-meaning friends have remarked that I was lucky to have found her and shared such a loving time together. True, but I never wanted it to end — I wanted "happy ever after". 'Twas not to be.

I believe I shared this photo earlier this year — of my parents. I had to share it again because the two of them, so much in love for so many years, walking on a beach (this one at Carmel, CA) — probably my mom's favorite thing to do. My dad's favorite thing? Making mom happy. By and large, he did a good job.

Life is good but sometimes so cruel.

B. David

P. S., All photos and text © B. David Cathell Photography, Inc. — www.bdavidcathell.com