As I sit here this morning, I am remembering times past. When we bought this park 16 years ago, little did we know how many extraordinary people we would cross paths with. We have been blessed by so many that I would be writing for quite some time to name them all. Some come for just a season and then move on as their lives take them in a different direction. Some stay longer and when they move on we wonder how we will survive without them.
One such man showed up several years ago. A bigger than life guy, always up for whatever challenge I could think up. Generous to a fault, he quickly became my go to guy whenever I was pondering a new project that HeWho procrastinates would deem undoable. I have often referred to Kevin as my wife, as he would simply get things done.
Kevin died yesterday. The loss of my friend is so bittersweet. Kevin battled cancer for over a year. The same cancer that took my Dad. The diagnosis was devastating and I cried many a tear as I watched my friend undergo treatment and struggle to understand what was happening to his once strong self. Through all the stages of accepting his fate we all just tried to be there.
I can walk outside and turn in a circle and not find one thing untouched by Kevin. When HeWho scared me had his heart attack, Kevin took over. He ran the office and took the ever ringing phone from me and sent me to the hospital to be with my husband. Didn't seem to matter that he was not feeling well, he was concerned about us and doing what he could to make my life easier.
It was unusual for a day to go by that Kevin didn't come into the office or call to see what was going on. These past few weeks had him home bound most of the time. It was always good to see him up and around on those rare occasions. He was miserable when he couldn't be outside. If the bobcat or excavator was here, you could be sure that Kevin would be operating one of them.
I will miss that smiling face. He was in pain all the time and miserable with him confinement. I console myself knowing that he has no more pain and has been made whole in heaven. I am just sad and I know I will be for quite some time.