There’s something about a farm and a farmer. A sense of resiliency. A sense of pride. A sense of worth at the end of the day.
The end of the day for my older brother was last Tuesday. The corn was in the ground. He laid down to rest.
And our hearts are broken again.
He’s with dad.
He’s with our brother Joe.
He’s with nephew Joe and his wife Ashley.
He’s with our grandparents, aunts and uncles, and cousins.
No doubt, encouraging them to think of his view. His stories. His love of family.
But our hearts are broken again.
We didn’t have the chance to say goodbye out loud to him.
We didn’t get to talk one last time.
It’s been a tough year.
My godfather (also an uncle)
My nephew’s wife
And now my brother.
And our hearts are broken again.
Thank you, my friends, for your love and support.
Thank you, my friends and co-workers for your kind words and offers of assistance.
Thank you again, dear Lynn (and Bruce), for trekking across the state (and do remember that we take TREKS seriously in the town of Riverside).
A salute to farmers everywhere. The salt of the earth.
Our stories are many:
Growing up . . . In a family of six kids
Birth order, #2 in the family, BUT the oldest boy
Sharing a bedroom with 2 sisters on one side of the wall and another brother on the boys side
Chores: milking cows, raising pigs, feeding chickens, planting potatoes, watering small foot high evergreen trees one bucket at a time . . .
Remembering . . . About age 8, ONLY getting one half of a hamburger when Grandma Ruth took the kids to MacDonalds
In 1970 working ALL the time on the new house and then being chief worker on tearing down the old house
Being 16 when the Mareks got a color TV . . . and the weekend shows were Lawrence Welk and Ed Sullivan
Chopping up Fran’s knee instead of the cockleburrs in the bean field
Being in the Washington HS Jazz Band when it went to Switzerland
Playing chauffeur and playing Alice Cooper’s “School’s Out for Summer” for his younger brother on the ride to school
Paying his sister $2.00 at least twice a year to wash and wax the outside of his car
Playing ball out by the barn with our double first cousins
Roller skating on the cement in front of the machine shed, hopping the pipe, and completing the skating circle inside
As a prankster: “Pass the green beans” at dinner to Frank (and it was really asparagus);
Putting baby powder in the vents of Gerard’s car at his wedding. That car always smelled like baby powder.
Shaking and bouncing up and down on the suspension bridge at the Royal Gorge; and
Complaining about his oldest sister’s “pancakes” – EVERY Saturday night – and a bit flat!
As an uncle . . .
Making sure the kids always had NOISY toys at Christmas.
Telling 3 year old Neel Chary to eat the chocolate kiss out of the peanut butter blossom and put the rest of the cookie back on the tray at Christmas
Telling the Chary boys to pinch off the frosting on Josh and Amanda’s wedding cake because no one would miss it
Promising to give Evan a horse and then forgetting it until the next time he saw Evan (Fran says “Thanks – for real”)
Being a godparent for Jessica Marie
And our hearts are broken again . . .
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