It’s a sad day, Darlin’

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Today is a sad day because I’m going to the funeral home for visitation. That’s always a sad time, but even more so today because I am going to pay my respects to this guy: Kristy and Joel Laughing

He was 45. What makes this visitation even MORE sad? That lady with him? That’s my friend Kristy. They were married, as you see, on September 17, 2012. (Look at how HAPPY they were. I was honored to do their pictures, and much of the day was filled with laughs like this one.) She died just a couple of weeks shy of their first wedding anniversary, on September 5, 2013.

So you see, folks, life can change even at a young age. Kristy didn’t live to see her 44th birthday. (I HATE CANCER!) Now Joel will be laid to rest tomorrow. These were good, good people, both separately and together. The world is poorer for their passing, and their children (and their parents and siblings) will ache with missing them every single day. I guess the point of this post is to encourage each person reading it to seize the day, every day. Don’t put off that trip of a lifetime, don’t put off saying “I’m sorry,” or “I love you.”  Take advantage of every opportunity to do the kind thing, the right thing, the thing that helps someone else.

You know that I love Garth Brooks, and once again the man is right on with the words to this song that he cowrote with Kent Blazy. It’s called “If Tomorrow Never Comes,” and I think these lyrics contain good life advice. Tomorrow won’t come on this Earth for my friends Kristy and Joel… but they said the words and showed their feelings and crammed a lot of love into a very short time frame. Each of them knew the other’s heart. Can you say the same of your loved ones?

Sometimes late at night
I lie awake and watch her sleeping
She’s lost in peaceful dreams
So I turn out the lights and lay there in the dark

And the thought crosses my mind
If I never wake up in the morning
Would she ever doubt the way I feel
About her in my heart

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she’s my only one

And if my time on earth were through
And she must face the world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last
If tomorrow never comes

‘Cause I’ve lost loved ones in my life
Who never knew how much I loved them
Now I live with the regret
That my true feelings for them never were revealed

So I made a promise to myself
To say each day how much she means to me
And avoid that circumstance
Where there’s no second chance to tell her how I feel

If tomorrow never comes
Will she know how much I loved her
Did I try in every way to show her every day
That she’s my only one
And if my time on earth were through
And she must face the world without me
Is the love I gave her in the past
Gonna be enough to last If tomorrow never comes

So tell that someone that you love
Just what you’re thinking of
If tomorrow never comes
Joel and Kristy walking away w fence

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