Hello Fabulous Friends!
What a purely f’d up week this has been due to that awful bastard Cancer. Cancer claimed 3 great artists – Lemmy Kilmister, David Bowie and Alan Rickman. Now I just heard that Rene Angelil, Celine Dion’s husband has just lost his battle with throat cancer this morning; and Joey Feek is nearing the end of her life. That will make it 5 total.
I have no other words.
With awful news all around us, we could wallow in the sorrow that is cancer. I have personally lost too many people in my life to the disease and know others who have fought bravely and are now winning. The bastard doesn’t get them all.
I miss my Aunt Eileen. She lost a 17 year battle in 2013. Nothing will ever replace the hole in my heart caused by her death. However, when she died, she wanted us to go on living.
Aunt Eileen passed 2 days before Christmas, and I usually host a large Christmas Eve party in my home. She did not want me to cancel, she made us promise we could be together. And we were. We celebrated her life and the fact that we had each other. Mourning occurred of course, but first we toasted the woman she was, the battle she fought and the beautiful legacy she left behind.
I still miss her.
I love you Aunt Eileen.
Today’s thing that makes us smile is a perfect contrast to the pain of cancer and the lives lost. Today we enjoy a celebration of a life. A man who makes a difference in the lives of others.
In 2015 a Nashville, Tennessee elementary school partnered with Kleenex to honor their janitor; Mr. Patton. The unsuspecting janitor thought that the camera crews were there to profile the school. He had no idea how wrong he was.
One of the senior administrator’s described a man who “takes a lot of pride in our school.” A teacher said that the students “are kind of like his kids. He brings a smile to their face every single day.”
The kids, they had their own kind words and were so enthusiastic, I guarantee you will need a Kleenex watching this. I have watched it 5x and cry EVERY time.
“He is the best man ever” one student highlights.
As Mr. Patton said, “I know my job really matters. If you want to know what love is, this is love…”
So despite the bastard that is cancer, and the untimely passing of too many people; celebrate today with a smile. Smile to honor life. Smile to honor those you love.
Honor and celebration are the best way to tell cancer to go f’itself.