Word-High July: Siping

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When I first saw the meaning of this word, the following song was the first thing to come to mind.  This line especially has even more meaning now since May 26, the day that David had the first of three strokes: “…you never know when life will leave us”.

Today is a significant day in our lives.  On 15 July 1993, the day started out like any other day.  It ended with a stillborn daughter.  Her name is Dorian Lee McClendon.  She would be 23 years old today.

We don’t know when we’ll be called to say good-bye.  Hold your loved ones close, people.  You never know when that hug, or that kiss, or that smile will be the last one.  To paraphrase our youngest daughter, “Make that last page a happy one.”

When You Lie Next to Me by Kellie Coffey

Please be sure to visit David over at Random Thoughts and Observations.

Please also visit our hostess Rosema over at Word-High July.
Disclaimer: These Filipino word images are from an article by Isabelle Laureta on BuzzFeed titled “36 Of The Most Beautiful Words In The Philippine Language”. All credit goes to them.


About Suzanne Gunter McClendon

I am a South Carolina native now living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I have been married to David for just over 33 years. We have 4 surviving adult children and two children-in-law. At this point in our lives, we are adjusting to an refilling nest. I enjoy reading, writing, photography, digital art, fiber arts, and much, much more.
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23 Responses to Word-High July: Siping

  1. rosemawrites says:

    oh dear. oh dear. *hugsssss*
    thank you for sharing this with us.Love to you and your family. I believe she’s an angel now. ❤

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  2. very true words, we never know when we will lose a loved one (or anyone) so we should treat them accordingly.

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    • Sometimes I think it would be better if we could know in advance, to prepare ourselves for the grief ahead. But, really, there is no way to deal with the grief in advance. No matter how you prepare when you know it is coming, it still hits like a ton of bricks. We should make sure that our loved ones know how much we loved them and be nice to all. Thank you for your visit and commenting. Have a blessed day.


  3. The song that says “Live like you were dying” is true. We should mend those fences and show the ones we love that we love them. I am not going to try the bull ride he suggests though. Just walking to the car is like a wild 8 second ride.

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  4. Nashrah says:

    I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I feel so affected by this post for some reason, I’m 24 and can somehow feel your pain at not seeing her turn 23. I hope you are doing okay ❤️

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  5. Davy D says:

    Thank you for sharing a very personal chapter in your lives. Although people leave us their spirits remain forever in our hearts.

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  6. maria says:

    Oh dear. This is truly a poignant and heartfelt post. Thank you so much for serving as an inspiration to us, Suzanne. And also for sharing with us an important part of your life. ❤

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  7. ghostmmnc says:

    So sorry for the loss of your daughter. The anniversaries … I know… as we have a daughter in heaven, too. We will all meet again, I’m sure. ❤

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  8. ghostmmnc says:

    Thank you. That is a wonderful thought, Suzanne! ❤

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