Gone Too Soon, Staying Too Long, Gone Too Far

I have so much running in my head right now, I don't know where to start. I am a flood of emotions this week. I know I am far from being alone in this regard. Something out of character happened to me 30 minutes ago. I wept...hard. I just broke, man. It all came out. All the emotions of the past week came pouring out in a river of sorrow and joy. I will list the events and briefly comment on each. I seem to work well off of lists. Lets me begin with last Friday and work to today. The longest 7 day stretch I remember ever having.

Friday, June 19:
I received a call from Mom telling me that one of my youth minister friends from the Chapel of Rejection was arrested due to allegations from 5 boys in his youth group of misconduct. He is a dear friend of mine and Tracy's. When I was on staff there, he and I would crack each other up at every staff gathering or meeting. My kids all spent the night at he and his wife's home for lock-ins. Thankfully, they had nothing negative to report. I love this guy, and I hurt for him. He screwed up. Bad. He will likely do some serious jail time, and have the sex offender label follow him for the rest of his life. My heart is broken by him and for him.

Sunday, June 21, Father's Day:
Tracy has a half-sister in Tennessee. They have been talking and wanting to get together and meet for the first time. She got a call Sunday that her sister's husband, age 29, didn't wake up. He apparently had some sort of cardiac arrest and was deprived of oxygen to the brain for at least an hour. He laid in a coma for a few days with no brain activity. They took him off life support and he passed away.

The next events kinda ran together, and I don't feel like looking up dates. But here they are:

1) The Kirks are moving back to SC! I am ecstatic about this, as I'm sure many of you are. I am very well documented regarding my feelings for my "brother" James. I am so glad to have him and his precious family back home. Overjoyed!

2) Our Governor, Mark Sanford, on the heels of the stimulus money fracas, disappeared for a few days, comes back and announces his extra-marital affair. I admire him for being a stand up guy, and I really do wish him and his family complete healing. This kind of thing can happen to any of us, blogger friends. What is bugging the crap out of me is all the GOP showboating that has ensued. Remember, dear readers, that the guilty dogs usually bark first. Maybe we should check into Andre Bauer and Jake Knotts' activities as well. Why do we keep re-electing these self-serving morons? Why? WHY? I think it's time for them to move on and take that idiot Henry McMaster with them. Just sayin...

3) Ed McMahon, Farrah Fawcett, and Michael Jackson. I can't say anything that hasn't already been said elsewhere. I will say that Farrah was my first celebrity crush, and I can't say enough about Jacko. You were there. You know what he has done, and most of us got to enjoy him at the top of his game. And I love Jay Leno, and Conan is rockin the Tonight Show, but the Tonight Show to me will always be Carson and McMahon. As Don Rickles said recently, "That kind of fun will never be had again." It is hard to imagine the world without them in it. But we press on.

With that, it has been a week from the netherworld. I'm glad it's over, but now the world is different. Who will be the next trailblazers for us now? Maybe one of our children. Maybe one of us. One thing is certain: the world that Ed, Farrah, and Michael shared with us was changed forever because of them.

Oh, to have had that kind of impact when my number is up.


Alan said…
Todd, thanks for your honesty at the end of what was a tough week. And, obviously, one with some rays of joy as well. You are loved, my friend.
James said…
Carson, McMahon, and Sevrenson... those guys WERE late night.
Dave said…
Whatup homeboy? Sounds like quite the tumultuous interlude on top of the hectic painful foray you just traversed otherwise.

Relay my condolences to your sister in law.

As Paul said to the Corinthians "... to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord".

Hope things calm down and smooth out nicely real soon.

"Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain." Robert Gary Lee

Give my best to your family and tell all the younguns I think about them.

Oh yeah, you just got a MAJOR complement at the counter that left people groping for words! We'll talk sometime.

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