Amarillo was kind of a whirlwind, with all the moving and unpacking going on! One day I took Luke to Barnes and Noble while Emery was at school and Ada was napping so Bonnie could get a few things done at the house. We had fun playing with trains, looking at books and all kinds of toys, and choosing a book for each of the kids before getting a drink and sharing a big cookie. :) He's such a sweet boy and we had a good time off by ourselves.
We made it just a couple of minutes late and found our friend Karen at the back, as well as a few other old friends and former coworkers. We were told there were over 500 people there, such a testament to Kirk. He was only 39 but had affected many people in his life, through his job as a social worker and a supervisor at several health care organizations, through his church, and of course as a family man, neighbor, and friend. We worked together at West Texas Rehab and had so many fun and funny times together as colleagues and friends. It was so sad to say goodbye to him but his celebration of life was also full of laughter, great stories, and lots of love from many people. His wife Dana stood at the front of the church as every single person filed past and gave each of us a hug. I don't know if I could have done that. She was the picture of graciousness and strength--I admire her so much. I know it will be a long road for her and her three young children but I have no doubt she will handle it all with as much grace as she did his illness and his death. But I have to say that I am really angry still that such a kindhearted guy was taken so young. Life sure is not fair. Don't be stingy with your love, folks--life is not only unfair but awfully short. Goodbye, Kirk. You were a good one.