Every one of us has people that are special to us, people that we cherish our memories of and appreciate every second we get to spend with or around them.
On Tuesday, 11/22/11, I lost one of those very special people. Suddenly, without warning, he was just gone. It's been a rough year for us as a family, as we've lost loved ones on both sides - some tragically, while others we knew were glad to be going home and no longer in pain. But this last one hit me HARD! Of all the people in my life, if someone told me I had to guess who was going to die next, his name would never have crossed my mind. You could describe him so many ways, but first and foremost, he was FULL of LIFE!
At his funeral, someone commented that he was the type of person who made everyone feel special without making others feel like they weren't. That's a rare talent in people. And it was such a perfect description of how you felt in his presence. He made you laugh, he made you feel like he cared. You'd hear his laugh from across the room and there was no confusing it.
He was a storyteller and you never felt like he told you the same story twice. He loved hugely and his family never doubted how much he cared about them. He was honestly a GREAT man and I'm lucky to have known him and been a part of his life. I hope that someday, I can have the same effect on others that he had on me. I want to make each person that is around me feel as special as he did.
Right after I learned he died, I was reading something to distract myself and came across an article that mentioned how sad the writing world was to know that one of my favorite authors died. On Tuesday, 11/22/11. Immediately, I was transported to my childhood, discovering this woman's books for the first time and falling in love with the worlds she created. From little girl to grown up woman and mom, I read and reread her books. In her own way, she's been in my life for so long, I never thought she'd not be around, writing more for me to read.
So, 2 of my favorite people have left this world behind, and I believe they've gone on to better things. And while I'm sad there are 2 huge holes in this world that can't possibly be filled, I have to smile at the idea that 2 of my favorite storytellers are sitting together somewhere, sharing their stories and making each other smile.