Shortly after this photo was taken, my dad would leave home and become a drifter.  He bounced around and worked in various rock quarries before he decided to lie about his age and enlist in the military. 

The military would become his home for the next 25+ years. 

Life, purchased  

A colleague asked me what I spend money on when I feel down – some people buy shoes. Or handbags. Maybe a manicure. 

But for me, it’s flowers. Tulips if I can get them. And I fill every room in my little house–even the bathroom gets a small spray of flowers. 

A happy array of red tulips sustain me today.