U.S. Department of Labor

In my half asleep state this AM, I wondered… why am I getting something from the U.S. Department of Labor?  And I ripped into the envelope as I rolled down the lane.

John would have rolled his eyes.  John was meticulous when it came to mail.  He’d sit down somewhere with an official letter opener and methodically open each piece of mail. 

Me… well that’s what God gave us fingers for… RIP! 

Had I thought it was something important, I would have gotten out the letter opener… that darn hindsight…

Anyway, the letter reads…

Dear Mrs. Smith:

I would like to extend my deepest sympathy for th death of your husband, Firefighter John P. Smith. 

All of us at the Department of Labor ar solemnly reminded of the important role of firefighters in protecting this nation, and we offer grateful appreciation for Firefighter Smith’s sacrifice.

I offer my heartfelt condolences to you and your family on your loss,


Jordan Barab

Acting Assistant Secretary

 OK, John, I promise… the next piece of mail that looks “official” I’ll get the letter opener out to open it…

About Mary K. Smith

I was widowed in July 2009, when I lost my beloved husband, John, to melanoma. Cancer SUCKS. We have a young son who was just a year old when his father died. I live on a small farm in Maryland which is home to horses, cats, and a dog. I started this blog as a way for me to heal, a way to remember my husband, and eventually I'd like to share it with our son so he can see the love that his father had for him, the love that we had for each other, what a great person his father was, and how hard his father fought to live.
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