Hi to all the ships at sea,
Growing up in New York City, when I heard the word orchid, I knew exactly what it meant. Orchard Street, a Street in New York that my grandpa would take me shopping on Sundays. I don’t know, while in college, that I learned much about orchids. I sure had my street smarts. Let’s fast forward a few years. I had the privilege and pleasure of meeting the most beautiful man that God put on this planet, Werner Kabitzke. Werner was born in Germany, but as a young man, moved to Maine. He fell in love with Maine and all of the flora and fauna that came with it. He became an expert horticulturist, and his expertise on all things flowers was truly amazing, but his favorite were orchids, and my God, did he grow some magnificent orchids in his green house. With his green thumb and vision, he was able to breed varieties of different orchids together to create works of art. A few weeks ago, I had the privilege of spending his 88th birthday with him. Last Sunday, he prepared himself for the trip from this planet, to the orchid gardens of Heaven. When you read this, go home and hug your bride, your girlfriend, your boyfriend, life is beautiful and fast. Have an absolutely fabulous Day.