Entries Tagged ‘friends and family’

A Friend Has Passed Away

Got a phone call from a buddy of mine informing me a mutual friend had passed away.

December 2011 C.D. was diagnosed with stage 4 pancreatic cancer. He had been feeling ill for a long time, maybe 6 months or more. But as most men do, C.D. put off going to the doctor.

He fought the good fight,
He lived life as it should be lived,
Good drink,
Good food,
Good friends.

You will be missed my friend.

What is life

Its a pretty simple question, what is life? Is it as simple as a heart beat? As long as the heart is beating we have life? Surely there is more to it then that.

Where does love and relationships fall into the picture of life? Without love, friends, family and relationships, is life worth living? Would you “really” want to be stuck on a desert island all by yourself forever? Some people might say “sure, why not?” But after awhile your going to start missing other people.

People are social animals, we like to mix, mingle and herd up into groups. Just look at sports events where 100,000 people might be in a stadium. Look at music concerts where people share a similar interest.

Back in June (2010) my 14 year old daughter called and told me she wanted to spend the summer at her mothers house. Knowing that kids need their room and space, I said ok and acted like nothing was wrong. Regardless of what I showed on the outside, I was heart broken on the inside. To get ready for summer vacation, I had built my daughter a new computer – dual core AMD 245, 2 gigs of pc800 memory, 160 gig SATA drive. It was not exactly top of the line, but it was a lot better then the single core Pentium 4 she was using. I had laid a book on my daughters bed for her to read – “The Raven: a Biography of Sam Houston”. My daughter has always shown interest in our families history, and a little interest in Texas history. And then she had a brand new game on her computer desk to play on her new system. Everything had been laid out of her, and she did not come of the summer. After getting the news she wanted to stay at her moms house, I walked into her bed room, looked around, and felt like crying. The tears were held back, but only for a little while.

My 16 year old son came to my house for the summer – and we had a great time. A few months ago my dad gave me his old aluminum boat. My son were out on the Angelina river fishing, camping, swimming. My nephew, my son and I went on a camping trip in July – the heat was terrible, but the fishing was good. On another fishing trip my son and I spotted some gators, it was the first time my son and seen gators in the wild like that. Having grown up in Bridge City Texas and spending a lot of time on Cow Bayou swimming and hyrdo-sliding, seeing gators was no big deal to me.

So what is life? Its an odd mix of love, heartbreak, relationships, friends, family,,,, and everything else we go through in our daily lives.

  



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