Tuesday, November 2, 2010


Sorry, folks. I'm just not feeling very bloggy at the moment. Please bear with me.

I've allowed myself some downtime to wallow in memories of a close family member that left us way too soon. It's been less than 18 months and today would have been his 45th birthday.

He was a beloved brother, son, grandson, nephew, uncle and friend to many. He made folks laugh, could tell it like it was and gave really great hugs.

He'd been a very proud U.S, Marine and served our country well for several tours of duty. He fully believed, "Once a Marine, Always a Marine!!"

He could grate on my last nerve at times, was terrible at returning calls, often canceled out on things at the last minute, and did all the other things family does "just to irritate" each other, BUT, he was a hugger and could speak softly, saying just the right word or two to make my heart melt and grant him instant forgiveness.

He had the magic touch when it came to kids. They worshipped him. (Maybe he was just able to think like they do!) Yes, they still miss him and ask for stories about him from "the old days."

And you know what? We love to tell those stories.

Tommy, we really do miss you.