It’s been a nervous-queasy-pit-of-the-stomach-heart-thumping patch of time.
When the Friday sun dips deep into the horizon’s bed,
I will have witnessed two celebrations of life with
collections of people I love and cherish.
Assemblies of people compressed with mourning and gratitude.
The ache is palpable when you surrender those who have
entered the gated confines of eternity.
My mind has been stacked high of thoughts and reflections.
and captivated that in this instance,
the celebrants are two men who lived
strikingly different lives.
To my emotions there is no difference,
only an abiding sense of loss.
One with a cannot-be denied personality and a uniqueness of thought.
A brilliant civil engineer and my father’s best friend.
A life defined and magnified by a multitude of life roles and positions.
My uncle ran the corridors of life with a small footprint many would say.
His impact may have not been scattered abroad like most
who charge through this world.
He may have not had acclaim or an ever-growing list of followers
on social media
but to our family,
to those who loved him,
he embodied a precious life.
The ripples of his life may have only created a few concentric circles
but they changed the surface of the water.
My mom and her now only living brother locked in an embrace before a
sunflower laden casket will forever remain
the most lovely and tender of etched images.
I suppose neither one wanted to be the first to release the other,
breaking a spell of suspended reality,
knowing Felton’s days had been fully counted
Each one mattered because they were precious to us.
Whether footprints softly melted by the shifting tide
or ones immortalized in cement,
every life leaves a priceless imprint.
Look into the faces of the people you love.
Dare yourself to look upon the people who cross
you know the ones,
the ones without shiny exteriors
and who the world would say possess
Boldly and graciously send a smile towards them.
Your face can remind them of their worth
and today’s blessed existence.
While you are stretching your face muscles,
aim a grin at the super sparkly earth dwellers too.
We are not promised tomorrow.
Spread love today.
It’s the best way to make every
a celebration of life.