Have you noticed that when you need to write something hard, very important, or something that will challenge you, you delay doing it? I certainly do. I would rather do the dishes, vacuum, nearly ANYTHING other than what I need to be doing. Procrastination? Perhaps… But I think sometimes we don’t know where to begin, there is no end in mind, there is nothing but a bunch of random thoughts that will need to be written down, sorted, pondered, and refined. And that is a lot of work!
Today I am on my way to Amarillo and Canyon, TX – home of my alma matter, West Texas A&M University. I am so very excited to see old friends and professors, I am excited to see all of the changes that have happened on campus, and I am excited to just get away for a few days. While there is a lot of excitement around this trip, it will be bitter sweet. We/I lost a dear friend from Brazil in an automobile accident last month. So this reunion will be a celebration of his life. We will be compiling a scrapbook of photos, memories, stories, letters, etc. that will be sent to his family. We hope it will be helpful with their healing process, and to have a better understanding of how much he was loved at WT.
The letter… How do you write a letter to a family that tragically lost a son? I don’t know… and I guess that is ok. It will come from the heart, it will be honest and raw. I hope that my words and the pictures I have gathered will be a testament to the person my friend Filogomes Alves de Carvalho Neto was – daring, carefree, smart, funny, caring, courageous, plus an awesome cook, a hard worker, and a dedicated friend.
What are the hardest words you have had to write?