Deep breath. Another deep breath.
It has happened again, on the heels of another recent deep loss. One of my dearest friends is gone. My friend who has always been there for me. And now he is gone. We didn’t even have time to say goodbye. Things like this are never planned.
I am SO grateful that I saw him a week ago Friday. I am SO grateful that I got to hug him and tell him I loved him, like I did every time I saw him.
I feel like I knew him forever. I kind of did. I knew him my whole adult life. We met at work, we made life long mutual friends. That was THIRTY YEARS ago.
We did have periods where we lost touch here and there for a few years. But we always stayed connected and picked up right where we left off. I remember him coming to visit and go boating with me and my family many times. My family, neighbors, friends…all loved him. He was always so friendly, so happy, so funny.
He got me through both my divorces. He saved my life, literally. He was always there for me. He would comfort me and be my friend, when I needed a friend the most. He helped me, he was just THERE. Sometimes you just need someone you know you can count on, who will always be there for you. Jack was that guy.
And probably not for just me. Jack was the kind of person who would do anything for all his friends. One phone call was all it took.
I can’t even count the number of friends Jack had. Life long friends, from school, work, neighbors….heck, everywhere he went, he made a friend. He always had a story, a joke. (I think I could recite most of them, word for word!)
Jack married later in life. His beautiful, sweet, lovely wife remodeled the house, taught him how to love a fur child, cooked gourmet dinners for him and their friends, and added a woman’s touch to his bachelor ways. But she knew him and loved him enough to know that there no remodeling him, like so many wives try to do, lol. He still went to all his beloved Notre Dame football games, and she continued with all her passions and hobbies. I remember being in awe of her when I first met her. She sailed, and did the Mackinac races! What an adventurer! She added class and culture to the mix, lol. Jack was a beer guy, she was a wine gal. My heart goes out to her. She deserved more time with him. We all did.
I loved Jack. I loved him with my whole heart and soul. He was my buddy. I will have a huge hole in my heart. But I know I will see him again. We will have an eternity to catch up.
P.S. I just had to go back and keep corrected sentences to make them past tense and not present tense. That makes it so real. I can’t believe I will never see him again and hear the same old jokes again. But I am comforted by the fact that he has entered eternal happiness. Maybe he will even learn some new jokes.