- Published on Sunday, 09 September 2012 19:54
- Written by Stanton O. Berg
(6025 Gardena Lane - June and Stan's Home - Springtime in middle 1990's)
- Written by Willie Nelson - Faron Young’s Hit song of 1961 -
(Revised by Stan Berg for June and 6025 Gardena Lane - 2012)
Hello, walls - How'd things go for you today?
Don't you miss June - Since she went away?
And I'll bet you dread to spend Another lonely night with me...
...in the silence of this lonely room.
But lonely walls, I'll keep you company.
Hello, window, Well, I see that you're still here!
Aren't you lonely, Since our darlin' June has gone away?
Is that a teardrop In the corner of your pane?
Now don't you try to tell me that's it's rain!
June went away and left us all alone…Not at all the way she planned!
We'll have to learn to get along without June as best we can!
...in the silence of this lonely room.
Hello, ceiling, I'm gonna stare at you a while.
You know I can't sleep...
in the silence of this lonely room...
So won't you bear with me a while..?
so lets all stick together ...
...For June'll be gone for a long, long time!
Stan’s Notes: Today (8 September 2012) while resting an injured foot and laying on our bed in June and my bedroom in our home at 6025 Gardena Lane…I was staring at the ceiling and walls I could not help thinking of Faron Young’s No. 1 hit song of 1961…The words to this song were ones to which I could readily relate…How very many times I have done exactly the same things as recited in Faron’s song…I decided to make several word changes to this original 50 plus year old hit song and make it a song for June and me and 6025 Gardena Lane…I also added a new line "in the silence of a lonely room"...As this song would suggest, perhaps even the walls and windows miss June and shed a tear for her as I do so many times!…
Here is the original Faron Young rendition of his 1961, No. 1 hit song, "Hello Walls"...just click the below link :
6025 Gardena Lane
June always loved our home at 6025 Gardena Lane more than any other home we have ever owned...this was our third house or home that we owned but the first one in which June and I participated to the extent of selecting the lot on a hillside, participating in the design of the semi-split level plans and watched it being built.
I have heard June comment on so many occasions as we sat together in the kitchen in the late afternoon, looking down across the lawn and the hillside -
"Isn't it so beautiful."
We both lived in this home for almost 40 years before Alzheimer's took June away. Almost without fail, as June and I would back our car down the sloping driveway and into the street, June would look back at our home and remark:
"We have such a nice Home"
The home was not especially deluxe, but we did have two real brick fireplaces, one on each level and a living room with a series of five large tall windows that overlooked the hillside. June loved the home...what a sad day when June left our home forever to finish out her remaining days in a nursing home...in March 2005...her 9th year of Alzheimer's. Now, whenever I back our car out of the driveway, I am still haunted by June's words:
"We have such a nice Home!"
For a link to the poem about 6025 Gardena Lane and June's Home, please click the link below:
Stan’s Introductory Comments: By publishing these “Reader’s Comments,” it is not my intention to in any way suggest that the marriage relationship and the love that June and I had/have for each other and experienced during our lifetime together is in any way superior to similar relationships of other’s. It is merely a collection of the reactions of readers to this page in June’s website. Some are simple appreciative comments; some are generous and kind comments reflecting the care and concern of others. Some comments were made during times that I had expressed a feeling of being sad and lonely...Some comments are a sharing of the reader’s own experiences. Many reflect the love of God. These comments often reflect the human and the caring side of the readers. It is my hope that if June is able to look in on us, that she can see and understand how much I appreciate the love and the life that she gave to me and that I miss her very much…there will never be another to take her place! If anyone is searching for evidence of a caring and loving God, need they look further then the below comments?
Barbara Taylor Vaughan - Newburgh, Indiana - (9 September 2012) : "This made me so sad...I miss my husband today as every day, but today was worse...I was thinking about my birthday coming and how we said we would grow old together...that is the only lie he ever told me...we didn't grow old together...yes Stanton I understand, some people don't, they tell me Barbara it has been years since your husband has been gone, you should be over it by now, I just look at them and feel sorry for them, that they can't understand, because they didn't have what my husband and I had...I will miss him till my last breath."
Ursula Zarecki Sypniewski - Toms River, New Jersey - (9 September 2012) : "You always make me cry Stan! My heart breaks for you because you miss June so much! So sad! "
Rose Elley - Stanford, California - (9 September 2012) : "What a beautiful and loving song. I have never heard it before - your June was so blessed in life to be loved so much by you as much as you were so blessed to be her man."
Kathleen Dean - Utica, Ohio - (9 September 2012) : "Aw Stanton... must be one of those days... I was thinking of Don when a line from John Denver's song came to me "Country roads, take me home." Oh the sweet memories that flooded my soul when I looked into the eyes of a photo taken a few months before we met. They will always be with us...June and Don will send thoughts to us when we most need them."
Linda Brannan - Glasgow, United Kingdom - (9 September 2012) : "Aw loved that song way back long time ago, now aptly adapted , fitting tribute ."
Dawn Laursen Galati - Orlando, Florida - (9 September 2012): "It's so amazing what memories and actual feelings a song can bring back."
Pam O'Halloran - Sedona, Arizona - (9 September 2012) : "I always hate to hear ... I become so sad for you - yet happy you loved, and were loved, so beautifully."
Amy Stiel Almas - Waterford, Michigan - (29 July 2013): "Stan, God bless you...tomorrow will most certainly be better. Your post reminds me of a time approximately 30 years ago when I was camping out with girlfriends. It was late and everyone had already turned in for the night and it was so quiet. Then someone played "Hello Walls" full volume. I'll never forget it."
Donald Hiatt - Clovis, California - (29 July 2013): "I think that these "down" days are designed to give us perspective, like the place an airplane lands for a moment before soaring again. Rest in His grace today, as you look for a brighter tomorrow. Blessings...Don."
Dianne Cogar - Springfield, Ohio - (29 July 2013):
"I hope tomorrow you see a bright beautiful blue moon.
Not one causing you heartache or lingering gloom.
I hope the sun warms your weary, but sweet tired heart.
And makes you smile and long for a gentle fresh start.
I hope the the hours go slowly, and just mellow away.
And through them all you wish, long, and pray.
That the others to come fills your heart with a song .
Cause someone truly cares just how you get along."
Tracy Lund - Roseau, Minnesota - (20 August 2013): "I had a moment today I looked to heaven and just asked my dad to watch over me! It is so hard, I admire the love you & June shared Stan and that you share with us! I have never had someone love me like that and what a beautiful gift you share in hope that maybe someday! Blessings to you my friend! Always, Tracy."
Bertha Dusenberry - West Lafayette, Ohio - (20 August 2013): "I know it has to be very hard...My heart aches for you...God Bless you Stan..."
Patricia Higgins - Glasgow, United Kingdom - (20 August 2013): "Bless you - hard , I know, Stanton."
Alzheimer Society of Newfoundland and Labrador, Inc. - Mount Pearl, Newfoundland - (25 August 2013): "Thank you so much for sharing Stanton! -Amelia White, Events Coordinator...(20 January 2014): " Music can sooth the soul in so many ways! Thank you so much for sharing ."
Paula Coley - Pittsfield, Massachusetts = (6 October 2013): "Mr. Berg, I never read one of your posts without welling up with tears; but, the tears are bittersweet. It pains me because I can only imagine how very much you miss your beloved June, but at the same time, I can feel the intense love that the two of you felt for each other, for your home, your families, and your life. I am so happy that your heart is filled with such priceless memories. God bless you always!
Kathy Honeycutt - Fort Lauderdale, Florida - (6 October 2013): "Mr Berg, thank you for sharing your June and your love for her. We cared for my Granny and my Mom who recently went home to Heaven and suffers no more..... We love them and miss them more than our hearts can say. God Bless you for being an encourager and for sharing your Love for your beloved June."
Christine Pickard - Lincoln, Lincolnshire, United Kingdom - (7 October 2013): "Stanton, I have read this twice, it certainly says how it is, beautifully written ." Hello Walls " I'm sure you could write a book about the beautiful poems, from the heart ...with real emotion ...God Bless ..."
Vicki Cadogan - Limerick, Ireland -(18 January 2014): "Lovely Stan. Brought a tear to my eye..."
Larry Murray - North Java, New York - (18 June 2014): "Love that song... please be strong!...Thanks Stanton."
Tracey Bressler Muldowney - Pottsville, Pennsylvania - (19 June 2014): "Thank you Mr Berg.. I especially live the poem you said June had framed in ur home," LOVE ME NOW"... truer words could not be spoken .. Missing my Dad even though I know his mind and body are now whole next to our Lord. I enjoy your writings."
Carol Burns Loyer - Hamilton, Ontario, Canada - (27 August 2014): "I remember the song well, my mom and dad loved Country music and I grew up on it and Faron Young was one of their favorites also..."
Sue Strayer-Orcutt - Maple Grove, Minnesota - (28 September 2014):"On the way home from the cabin today I heard Hello Walls on the radio. Thought of you and June...(30 October 2015):"That brought tears to my eyes because whenever I hear that song I always think of you. God bless you."
Susu Ibie - London, United Kingdom - (4 February 2015): "Remain in-love with darling June. I think that's the secret of your longevity! You are so full of pleasant memories, you have hardly anytime for negatives! A very healthy state of mind, and definitely a good place to be! Stay forever young Stanton, that's what being in-love does to you. God bless you."
Keith Reeves - Azle, Texas - (2 April 2015):"Stan, thank you for sharing yet another touching testimonial to the love you have for your wonderful and lifelong partner June. You both were so blessed to have had each other to share your time with. I sir, have much respect and admiration for ...God Bless!"
Connie Sue Lowers - Decatur, Tennessee - (26 September 2015): "If I had just a ounce of what June and you had that would had been enough love to last me a lifetime."
Barbara Rayner - Leigh-On-Sea, United Kingdom - (30 October 2015): "Bless you Stanton. Music is an amazing thing - it can evoke so many emotions in us can't it. Take care."
Bonnie Phillips - Eugene, Oregon (1 November 2015): "Wonderfully done Stan. Thank you."
Marsha McKneely Ault - Nacogdoches, Texas - (1 November 2015):"I wish I could say or do something...decided to say a prayer."
Vea Flood - Spring Hill, Florida - (1 July 2016): "Beautiful home Stan, hold onto these beautiful memories of you and June as she's with you.'
Angela Tesla - Stoke-on-Trent, United Kingdom - (2 July 2016):"Very sad but true words my mum talked of "going home" when she was sitting in her armchair. One day when your work is done on this earth you'll be reunited with your beautiful June, I'm sure she's watching over you until then. God bless you Stanton."
Debbie Larsen - Buffalo, Minnesota - (2 July 2016):"Stan your beautiful stories of yours and June's life are a treasure chest of love. Thank you for sharing."
After an almost 12 year journey into the shadows of Alzheimer's, early one morning in late October 2008, an exhausted June felt God's gentle touch on her shoulder and heard the words: "Come Home June!" As June lay like a wounded soldier on a battlefield, it was God's Angels that ushered June into a Heavenly Kingdom to the sound of a chorus of Angels...and into June's new home, a "Mansion on the Hilltop", where there is no pain, nor illness nor tears...June's funeral notice as published in the Minneapolis Star in October 2008 can be seen on this website in the drop down menu under the "In Memoriam" label - just Click on: