Wednesday, June 10, 2009

In memory of Vince Lombardi

On June 2, 2009, a dear childhood friend of mine passed away. I haven't seen him in years, but from what I hear, he never lost his happy-go-lucky spirit and his love of life. Here are a few pictures I borrowed from the "In memory of" Facebook page that has been set up for him. I think these pictures show tht Vince really knew what it meant to "Live like you were dying", in the words of Tim McGraw.

I wasn't able to attend his funeral, but I was told that a friend of his read this poem, which I think is so fitting!
The Dash by Linda Ellis
There was a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning to the end
He noted that first came her date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash stands for all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
For it matters not how much we own;
The cars the house the cash
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.
So think about this long and hard.
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left
That can still be rearranged.
If we could just slow down enough
To consider what's true and real
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.
We'd be less quick to anger
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.
If we treat each other with respect
And more often wear a smile
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.
So when your eulogy is being read
With your lifes actions to rehash
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash?
Cos that dash stands for all the time
That you spent alive on earth
And only those who loved you
Know what that little line is worth
It matters not how much you own
The cars the house the cash
What matters is how you live and love
And how you spend your dash