Wednesday, July 9, 2008

con te partiro

It's a difficult week for all of us as we approach the second anniversary of John's passing. Our dear crazy friend- warm, gregarious, generous, fun loving, at times outrageous and over the top. But always very genuine and caring to me. The man I referred to as my own personal Auntie Mame. He shared La Vida Loca, albeit in a somewhat more soigne tone. The parties, the holidays, the dinner parties and the casual dinners, the cruises, the afternoons aboard ocean liners and the evenings watching old movies. It was an unforgettable journey.

Last year we all got together to mark the date, this year it seems that we are ready to face it on our own. Training wheels off, so to speak. So rather than a narration of the events of July 11, I'm going to repost below a fun story of a particularly good adventure we all shared. And dedicate one of his favorite songs, one which was played at every party I can recall. Sarah and Andrea say it much more eloquently than I can:

John, I miss you and think of you every day. A toast to you, until I see you again.


Al said...

Loved the song. Your friend sounds like a class act. One from those handful of friends we are lucky enough to stumble across at various points in our lives.

Anniversaries are tough. I imagine though, the second will be easier than all those "firsts" after a death. I know as I approach September and David's death, it will to the point where I just want the day to be over. The identifier of what is to come through remembrance, lifted and unveiled for the first time. After that, I imagine the easier ones do come.

Take care.

Miss Janey said...

Condolences on your loss, Jeff. The passage of time is great for easing pain, but when it comes to the loss of loved ones, some sadness always remains. Thank goodness you have many happy memories.

TankMontreal said...

Great song, great story, great friends, great memories. Thanks for sharing.
It tells us as much about you as it does John.

Tater said...

I also enjoyed the song, almost as much as I enjoyed your story reminiscing about the cruise you guys took of the Mexican Riviera. What a crew! Nice way to remember your departed friend, and a touching way for you to introduce us to him, and all that he meant to you. I am sorry for your loss.

Doralong said...

Hold his memory close in your heart always- one day it will not hurt as much, truly.

And after reading about your cruise, he sounds like a man after my own heart! Every person needs a few larger than life characters in it indeed!