Yesterday I did one of the hardest things a person ever has to do. That is to bid a last farewell to a friend. I had not seen Tony in more years than I care to count. Not since his youngest daughter got married. While the funeral was like old home week, as many of my former neighbors and friends were also there.
Life it too short to lose touch with friends. We have lost two from the old neighborhood in the past two month. Both were good men and good fathers and grandfathers. Both were a part of my life at that time. Both died suddenly. Diagnosed with an illness and gone before anyone could even comprehend the diagnosis. No time to prepare.
It was wonderful to see the children my daughter grew up with as adults. It was nice to meet their children. It's a sad day that we are that estranged. I'd love to see them more often and to be there for them. I loved them as little girls, I admire them as young adults.
If you have family and friends you've not seen in a while, take the time to see them. Don't let another moment go by without making an effort to see them, talk to them and let them know you care.
R.I.P Tony Toth my old friend.