Today, I was blessed to attend the Celebration of Life for someone in my extended family. The man in question died a couple weeks ago after living a good, long life well into his 80’s.
He was a man who definitely answered the Call that was made of him. Yet, based on what I know about him, I’m not sure he would have seen it that way. He didn’t overtly answer the Call – he just lived as if he had.
He focused on living and giving, and that defined him in his life. And, more importantly, it defined him with the people he surrounded himself with each and every day: his family and friends.
Laurie was a fun and unique character. He was known for his “groaner” jokes, oblique sense of humour and general sense of living a fun life.
In my mind, he was a master. He got this living thing. He fell into it, and he was a Hero – in his own life, but more importantly, he was a Hero to his family and friends. I heard his grandchildren talk about the great times they spent with him – Poppa to them. Rides in the wheelbarrow, Mac & Cheese after school, and flinging elastic bands around the house when they least expected it.
He did big things and little things with those he loved. It all added up to a large, wonderful life. He will be missed. And, he has left a legacy that will live long beyond his own years.
A true Hero!