Reflection – the loss of a true friend…
Posted In: Rants and Raves  |  Posted On: 23, Jun, 2017

I’ve lost family members and I’ve lost friends along the way. I’ve been fortunate that I’ve never really lost a close friend….until yesterday.  I woke up in the morning with a text from one of my buddies questioning my friends whereabouts at 7:30 in the morning and talking about a bad motorcycle crash on the way to work. Soon as I read the text I had a feeling of dread in my stomach and I knew something wasn’t right. The horrible news on the text message turned out to be true and a good friend of mine was taken way to soon.

This whole thing makes me take a deep breath and sit back and think about things. I try to remember the last time I saw my buddy…. what I said to him…. what he said to me… those final words that we never really know are final words.  I think of his fiancee…..and mostly I think of his son.

Every time I log on Facebook I see our invite to his son’s 2nd birthday party event coming in 1 week and it takes my breath away…..

I know as I write these words (GOD forbid) something terrible would happen to me and “I would leave here tomorrow”…. I would want my great friends to let my son know who I am, who I was and how I made them feel.  Things that I’ve said to them along the way that meant something or things I’ve done. That is my destiny…I would want John John to hear stories and truly learn from the ones who knew me best…who I truly was, my goals my vision…..my life !

Chad you will always know these things…

As your son grows older when I see him I will hug him and tell him how freaking awesome you were.

We will both cry….

I will make sure he knows the impact you had on the people you were around. He’ll know you weren’t just a great friend to me….but to everyone that knew you.

He will know how you always laughed and smiled…. we will cry.

I will miss you tremendously my friend.

Hug your loved ones – CALL your friends and family – make sure they KNOW how you feel…. you never know when it’s your last conversation and your struggling to remember what was said… ALWAYS BE HUMBLE AND KIND !

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