Mandy Snell Harris

Count your blessings - That Dash!
By Mandy Snell

On Memorial Day I went to the cemetery to put a flag on my daddy's grave, like I do for most holidays. As I was leaving and wiping away tears, I looked down at his foot stone, and it read: Hugh Frederick Snell Sr., US Army World War II, Dec. 1 1922 - Nov. 30, 1997. Purple Heart/Bronze Star Medal. I took a second glance and then I found myself smiling. That 'dash' represented his whole life!

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Make your ‘dash’ in life mean something!

We could be missing something amazing, well at least exciting enough to be part of your 'dash'.  Some, are perhaps, more blessed than others. Depend-ing on how you look at it. Like big houses, fancy cars and nice vacation destinations. I try not to look at it that way. A roof over your head, a car that gets you from point A to point B, and sunshine on your face... And of course health! Just these things should make anyone happy and blessed.

I know a few things that I would see in my 'dash': my childhood, first time I got up on water skies (it only took about 15 times, lol), riding the dirt roads with friends, Daytona Beach 1982, Young Harris College - every moment, 2 month Europe trip, coming home from the Europe trip and marriage. Also, how no one really explained to me the whole "trials & tribulations" of marriage!! Ha. So many, many more things evidentially. If you were with me during these & other events, you know who you are, you too are a huge part of my 'dash' and I love you  ALL!!! So next time you go visit your life ones, that have gone ahead of you, remember their dash and know what a big part you played in creating it. Then remember to make wonderful memories for your own 'dash'!! Much love to you and your families.    

See y'all next month.

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Hugh Frederick Snell, Sr.

Mandy Snell is a freelance writer who enjoys writing about growing up in Snellville and its history. Have any Growing up in Snellville stories to share? Comment below!