This summer has been rough, especially July. Today makes the third and fourth funeral visitation we’ve been to. None of them were immediate family members, thankfully.
My barber who cut my hair from when I was a toddler till I left to go to college passed away. I have a whole lot of fond memories of him and the barber shop full of manly smells and gossip. Ladies, don’t think that men don’t gossip too. He was a veteran and as I grew older I asked him about those times and he was happy to share them.
One of my best friends father in law passed away after a battle with Alzheimers. An interesting thing is he always remembered his dog’s name. I’m not sure if that is common, but he did. He was one of my teacher’s in college.
One of my Father In Law’s best friends (and mine too) died. Again many wonderful memories of him and his family. He was one of those guys that had you laughing from the moment he arrived until he left. I laughed so much many times that I cried. He also cared a whole lot from my daughter, always buying her a nice Christmas present. When his garden ‘came in’ he would bring us loads of fresh beans and other things. Again he will be missed.
My dad’s room mate while he was in the nursing home passed away. I talked to him for many hours while my Dad was still out of it.
I tell you this not to depress you, but to remind you that life is short for all of us. Spend time with your family and friends while you have a chance. Don’t take them for granted. Dad’s incident has been a grime reminder to me that your life can change in an instant.