funeral for a friend
today was my friend Tammy's funeral.
The family asked me to speak at the funeral
so I wrote something very nice
Working in PR, I speak in front of people all the time
but this time was different.
I promised myself
get choked up
but I did.
After I was done her cousin spoke on behalf of the family
and her niece (also a Spartan grad) spoke.
The pastor took over when we were done.
People told me how much they enjoyed what I had to say.
I was comforted in some small way because I was able to help.
Because I told a couple of funny stories about me, Tammy,
Kaylee and Brooke, the people in the room were able to laugh...for a moment.
I was also a pall bearer.
There were two female pall bearers.
I didn't realize they give white gloves to the female pall bearers
and gray gloves to the male pall bearers.
It was a beautiful sunny day
the kind of day Tammy would have loved
to be out in doing something fun with her daughter.
And for Kaylee this day was so sad.
That little girl has been hurt so hard.
She cried and cried.
My heart breaks for her.
This is the second time in my life
that someone very close to me
has died suddenly at the age of 39 or 40.
I have learned through these experiences
to plan for tomorrow
but more importantly