I really wish I could give this story a different ending.
Just before I left to drive the hour and a half home my cousin Bud appeared. (center) Bud & I had met as kids but I hadn't seen him since high school.
We quickly caught up. He told me he had stumbled across my blog & had gone all the way through the archives reading it. He said he wished I'd make more posts.
I begged him to let me take this picture, he consented only on the condition that I not put it on my blog. Then we promised to get our families together again soon & said good-bye.
Last week Cousin Loretta (right) phoned to tell me that Bud's wife came home on September second and found him lying in the yard - dead.
Oh Bud, how I wish I could undo this. How I wish we could roll the clock back and meet for dinner like we promised we would. You left us too soon. .
I also hope when you look down from Heaven, where I have no doubt you are, you will forgive me for posting your picture and story.
I think the moral of this tale is - don't waste time. Make time to embrace those whom you love. Cherish time spent with them.
Because I'd rather be a begger walking than a bunch of wishes riding.