When my great-grandmother died and I went to her funeral, I met scores of
relatives whose existence I had previously been unaware. I began walking up
to people I'd never seen before in my life and asking them, "what relation
are you to me?" and "When was the last time you saw my Grandmom Mary
alive?" I met great-great-uncles and third cousins twice removed and many,
many people who hadn't seen my Grandmom Mary in twenty years or more.
Afterwards, my mother asked me what I thought of the funeral and I told her
that Grandmom Mary would sure have loved to have seen a lot of those people
while she was still alive to enjoy their visit.
In that spirit, I'd like to take this moment to thank some people for being
alive and show gratitude that their lives have touched mine in some way.
I'm not mentioning everyone and if I don't mention you, I apologize. Anyone
I've ever met has touched my life in one way or another. I'm just thanking
the people who are in the forefront of my mind at this moment, as I write
this post. I want to memorialize the people who matter to me while they are
alive instead of saying great things behind their back after they are dead.
Thank you 333 for being kind and accepting towards me and thank you for
asking the hard questions that really push my mind and spirit to grow.
Thank you Mr. Heidrick. Though we don't know one another well, you've
always been kind and gentlemanly to me and I treasure every contact we've
had, no matter how brief or seemingly insignificant.
Thank you David Jones for being my friend and for encouraging my questing
without an attitude of superiority in years, wisdom or degree. You have
treated me like an equal and for that I thank you.
Thank you Kjetil for being my friend and for not laughing at my pathetic
attempts to learn Norwegian. You have been open and honest with me and kind
to those I love. Glede og helse til du og dine familie. Du er min dyr venn
Thank you Rikb for answering my pesky questions with depth, sincerity and
Thank you Cavalorn for being welcoming to me, even across "party lines."
Though I didn't take you up on it, thank you for the hospitality extended.
It does mean a lot to me.
Thank you Melusine for being my friend through all our moves across the
country. You have opened my eyes to new things and shared your hopes and
dreams with me. I cherish that.
Thank you, my initiators, for the time and energy you have devoted to
sharing the light that was offered to you. You have chosen a path that
sometimes draws as much criticism as joy, perhaps more. I want to take this
moment to thank you for the sacrifices you have made.
And, most of all, thank you Reverend Rob for continuing to love me with all
my flaws, foibles and inconsistencies. You encourage me to fly through life
and I hope that I am able to give you even a portion of what you've given me.
Thank you all for touching my life. And thank you to those who have been a
light to my path though I, in my human fallibility, have forgotten to
mention or thank you today. May you all have many long years of happiness
and health ahead of you.