Last week, Mr. 1969′s cousin passed away. He was down the street from his house. Sitting on the neighbor’s front porch chatting when he just slumped over and died from a heart attack. He was 50 years old.
His mom was at her house down the street. She came outside and took one look at her oldest son lying on the ground and promptly had a heart attack from the stress.
We went up to Harrisburg on Saturday to spend a little time with the family. She was the mother of three boys and now, her oldest baby is gone. The day was going well. They released her from the hospital and we were all around to make sure she was okay. There were the usual tasks to keep everyone busy. Lots of food arriving from well-meaning family members. Lots to do to prepare for Monday’s services and she was in good spirits all day.
At 8pm, her middle son arrived from Atlanta. As soon as he walked in the door, he threw his bags down, ran to his mom and fell on the ground at her feet crying. The sound is haunting me as I type this. To hear a man cry is never easy but this type of cry was so painful. This was the sound of loss, suffering and pain wrapped into one. It sounded like it came from the depths of his soul. He just cried at him mama’s feet and she sat on the ground and wrapped her arms around him and cried with him.
Parents should never have to bury their children and my heart goes out to the entire family. Rich was a great guy and a loving father.
We have lost so many people this year. E Lynn Harris and Walter Cronkite also passed away this weekend. I hope all of you are making the time to get regular check-ups and to make better decisions regarding your health. I watched a commercial this weekend. I think it was for NutriGrain bars and it followed someone around for 24 hours and showed what they had eaten. So many of us live a grab and go lifestyle and we don’t stop to think about what we are doing to our bodies. If nothing else, stop before you eat something and think about what it is doing to you on the inside. Take a walk at lunchtime, take the stairs, drink water instead of soda. Make small choices that lead to big results. Just stop and think.
Cousin Richard was a phyiscally fit man. He was a former army officer and still in great shape. However, he smoked a pack and a half daily and ate unhealthy food. He had high cholesterol. Better choices would have prolonged his life.
Are you doing all you can for your body? Think about it.