Yesterday, I received some really bad news. A friend of mine passed away. We were members of the same blog, and had chatted weekly about all and sundry. I had the great fortune of meeting him a few years back. At the time, he was 29 years old, looked 18, and had the vocabulary of a drunken sailor in Singapore. He was hilarious. And unusual, because he was a person who took living very seriously.
For him, “living” meant “squeezing out every bit of enjoyment”. He didn’t put off going some place or seeing someone for another day. He felt like doing something, he would do it. Once, he decided to go find feral hogs, because he was bored. While he was at DFW on a layover, he ordered three different Mexican meals at the restaurant, because he had the opportunity right then. Ate them all, too! When I told him about the passing of my friend, who wanted PJs at her funeral, he said, “You need to wear them for her. But you need to wear lingerie for the rest of us.”
Uh, no 😀
He was rough when people were looking, and a complete gentleman when they weren’t. He loved his life, he lived it fully, and did more with it than most people do in three lifetimes. In short, he was an everyday hero.
I miss you, my friend. I weep for the loss to this world, and rejoice for the gain in Heaven. And when I see you in the future, I’ll have my comfy PJs and my llama, just so you can laugh at me again.
March 20th, 2013 at 11:37 AM
You honored his memory well. That’s love.
March 20th, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Awww, thanks. But he inspires 🙂
March 20th, 2013 at 11:52 AM
I’m sorry for your loss, Aggie. By your description I bet he’s enjoying wherever he flew off to…
March 20th, 2013 at 11:53 AM
I’m sure he is. Probably giving God a primer on the finer points of rum 😀
March 20th, 2013 at 12:24 PM
My sympathies and prayers for his friends and family.
March 20th, 2013 at 12:25 PM
Thanks, Roamy 🙂
March 20th, 2013 at 12:41 PM
Sorry for your loss. You and he both had good friends in each other.
March 20th, 2013 at 12:44 PM
March 20th, 2013 at 4:18 PM
II’m sorry for you loss kiddo. It’s always hard to lose a friend.
This scripture helps a little, hugs
13 Moreover, brothers, we do not want YOU to be ignorant concerning those who are sleeping [in death]; that YOU may not sorrow just as the rest also do who have no hope. 14 For if our faith is that Jesus died and rose again, so, too, those who have fallen asleep [in death] through Jesus God will bring with him.
March 20th, 2013 at 10:11 PM
Thank you so much, my friend.
March 20th, 2013 at 5:56 PM
Well said, Aggie.
March 20th, 2013 at 10:12 PM
Thank you 🙂
March 20th, 2013 at 6:02 PM
My condolences…you and his family are in my prayers.
March 20th, 2013 at 10:13 PM
It is very appreciated 🙂
March 20th, 2013 at 10:09 PM
Had to wipe my eyes after reading that. Once again, you say what I can only think. God bless you, Aggie.
March 20th, 2013 at 10:14 PM
Thank you, hon 🙂
March 21st, 2013 at 1:30 AM
Dying sucks. I got nothing to add than “wish there were something I could say or do that would help.”
March 21st, 2013 at 6:46 AM
Thanks, and we should chat soon 🙂
March 21st, 2013 at 6:52 AM
Nice tribute, Aggie. I’m sorry for the loss of your friend.
March 21st, 2013 at 7:03 AM
Thank you 🙂
March 21st, 2013 at 6:59 AM
Hugs and prayers. I am sure he is looking down, smiling , laughing, and tipping his glass to you, all at the same time.
March 21st, 2013 at 7:03 AM
I wouldn’t be surprised at all 🙂
March 21st, 2013 at 12:53 PM
Sweet tribute, sorry for the loss…. 😦
March 21st, 2013 at 3:47 PM
Thank you, my friend 🙂
March 22nd, 2013 at 6:33 AM
There will never be another friend like EFA. I hope that, when our own times come, we can all join up at the Great Shooting Range in the Sky and sample his various homemade adult beverages. We always argued, during our late-night (for me) BS sessions, about who was going to get “the window seat”. I guess I’ll have to deal with having to settle for the aisle seat, although I wish it was the other way around. We lost him much, much too soon. Goodbye, friend. 😦
March 22nd, 2013 at 7:40 AM
I remember why he wanted the window seat, too 😀
Hope you are doing ok. I know it’s hard.
March 22nd, 2013 at 3:54 PM
Aggs I found a cool pic of our friend here. Truly in his element.
I’m still numb. I’m always expecting the mantis from YIM to pop up indicating he’s online and up for some laughs 😦
March 22nd, 2013 at 6:11 PM
That pic is awesome! Thanks, Rad.
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