Friday, June 02, 2006

Friday Fiction has been preempted

Today I am going to be paying my respects to a man I admired and loved very much.
Other than my parents, he probably bears more responsibility for how I ended up than any other person,
the good stuff anyway.
He was a man of character and principle.
He loved people, and devoted his life to them, to us.
I grew up with his children, and learned so much from him.
He taught me to stand up for what I believed was right.
Once when that meant I disagreed with him he heard me out and changed what he was doing.
When it meant that I made choices he couldn't agree with he continued to treat me with the same respect and affection.
I found out as an adult that he had saved a very inexpert paperweight I had made for him in the second grade.
He teared up at my wedding.
He drove for three hours to visit me in the hospital after I walked in front of a car.
I hadn't talked with him in over a year, but I miss knowing he shares the earth with me.
He died on his 59th birthday, far too young, and my world is a poorer place for it.

17 comments:

Egan said...

He sounds like an amazing man Logo. That's a very fitting tribute to the family friend of yours. I hope his family and yours are doing okay. Take care Logo.

The Grunt said...

Thanks for sharing this, Logo.

goldennib said...

I am sorry for your loss. You are lucky to have known someone so wonderful.

Fred said...

Wonderful tribute. He sounds like one amazing man.

Lily said...

What a lovely post Logo dear... hugs to you

lime said...

i am so glad you were blessed with someone so dear and who had such a lasting positive impact. may his memory continue to bless you and may he rest in peace. thank you for sharing him with us.

barefoot_mistress said...

So sorry gf..:(

(((( :) ))))))

DaMasta said...

I'm sure he appreciates being admired by someone as lovely as you. Even if he doesn't share the Earth with you anymore. :hugs:

The Village Idiot said...

thanks for sharing that with us. He sounds like a wonderful man

snavy said...

That was such a sweet post. Everything else I was thinking has already been said.

xoxo

Minka said...

What a man. It sounds like the things that are hardest to do, he was able to do. We always liek people to have opinions and stand up for themselves...as long as that does not interfere with our opinions or plans :)
He sounds like a greta guy and I am glad you have something of him...nobody cna take that away!
Thank you for sharing!

weirsdo said...

I'm sorry for your loss, but it's wonderful you had someone so supportive in your life.

Logophile said...

Thanks everyone, I just got back home and man, that was rough. I appreciate all your very kind words. Means a great deal to me, thank you.

Candace said...

Logo, that was such a beautiful and heartfelt tribute. Thank you for sharing it with us. (((HUG)))

gloria jean said...

How nice to be able to have those kinds of thoughts while grieving for the loss a loved one. I'm glad that you were blessed to have this man in your life.

Kyahgirl said...

aw, I'm sorry for your loss. What a lucky woman you are to have known such man.

xo

Sar said...

Logo, with apologies I'm late to comment and therefore late to offer my condolences. :(

Sorry to hear you lost this gentleman from your life, but I'm happy for your having had such a positive influence to help shape your life and leave you with wonderful memories.