Friend, I will remember you. (Zack and John Denver)
Ten years ago today John flew his last flight. There is a sadness with me still today, and a joy that I knew of this amazing person. Though I'd never met him except through two concerts, many record albums, and television, he's had a positive impact on my life. He felt like a big brother to me somehow...and I miss him.
For a period of eight weeks, back in the fall and winter of 1997, Tom and I lost 13 people that we loved, most were close family and friends. It was a grueling time of terror whenever the phone rang, and of too many funerals. Tears. Heavy Sadness. Emotional and physical Exhaustion. So much loss in such a short amount of time. Children without parents. Spouses suddenly alone. Sons and daughters torn away. Tragedy and 'natural causes.'
Today I pause to remember each one, reflecting on their lives, and the love and times we shared.
Ten years Tom and I have lived beyond the lives of those 13 people. Have we lived those years well? I hope they'd think so. I know I do.