Saturday, June 23, 2012

It's An Adventure

Life is complex, isn't it?

I'm trying to fully absorb the recent news of the death of my brother-in-law.

In the midst of such excitement and joy that accompanies our son and bride's new life together, how sobering to consider the end of another life.

I will miss him. I'll miss the way he pronounced my name as "CHulia", his enormous collection of pithy and humorously labeled t-shirts, our vacations together, his irreverent and yet loving sense of humor.

I will miss having scooter races with him. I'll miss scooter square dancing with him. (It was memorable.) I will miss playing cards with him. I will miss hearing all the wonderful stories that he had to tell about his travels with his wife all over the United States. Like the time he and his wife drove a full day to sample what they heard was the best chili EVER.

It wasn't. But they had a wonderful time, so who cares?

He died suddenly, while he and his wife were on a road trip. Which, I would guess, would be exactly the way he would have wanted his life to end: on the road and looking forward to the next great adventure.

Bon voyage, John.


annie said...

Wow, so tragic after a wonderful, happy wedding celebration.
Condolences to you and your family, Julia.

Amy Junod said...

So sorry for your family's loss. Your post is a beautiful tribute to him.

ShEiLa said...

Heartfelt thoughts and prayers for your family... suddenly in my book is better than impending doom like the Pancreatic Cancer diagnosis my Mother had... May the Lord comfort you!


Gill said...

Take it from me, his departure was good for him, hug those left behind who might feel as though they have been cheated of a proper goodbye. I know what a horrible empty feeling it is. He is probably happily cruising the great ghost of Route 66 in the sky in an old chevvy with the radio on high with all his new found friends. My love to you all. Life isn't fair.