March 21, 2005

Aww f*ck

Stop by and offer Harvey your condolences. He just helped bury his best friend of 25 years.

Twelve years ago I had to bury the first person who befriended me when I moved to Virginia. He wasn't my best friend, but at one time he was my only friend. When I received word that he had died, I didn't know how to respond; 33 years of life didn't seem long enough, but that's all he was given. His impish grin and devilish sense of humor survive only in our minds and hearts. It's not enough, not nearly enough, but it's all we have. And I'm glad for the memories, however tinged with pain they might be.

In last week's episode of Boston Legal, one of Denny Crane's[William Shatner] longtime friends was diagnosed with ALS. What struck me was Shatner's (paraphrased)comment with James Spader at the end:

People don't tell others that they care about them enough. We should do that more often.

Make certain that if you love someone, you tell them. Today. There's no guarantee that tomorrow will come for both of you.

Posted by Physics Geek at March 21, 2005 06:47 PM StumbleUpon Toolbar Stumble It!

Thanks, Matt. It helps to know I'm not alone :-)

Posted by: Harvey at March 22, 2005 06:18 PM

Ditto. I got a little misty-eyed reading your post, in part because of the painful memories that it brought back. But the good ones outweigh the bad.

Posted by: physics geek at March 22, 2005 09:02 PM