We all have at some point or another lost a special friend, but sometimes, someone touches your heart just a little more. Albert was one of these people for both my husband and me.
This amazing man was so much more than a friend to us both and to our daughters. He was also our next-door neighbor. He kept an eye out for all of us. He was the guarding knight at the gate, our friend, our confidant, the person who made sure we didn’t get into trouble, and the one who would let us have it if we did.
He made us laugh, smile, sad, and now tearful.
He wasn’t a perfect man; he would tell you this in a minute. He carried his demons inside himself and we often talked about them. He and I often shared secrets and giggles, or whatever it is that passes for giggles with a man, and our hopes for the future and our goals. He was an amazing artist with a wicked sense of humor.
He was also a caregiver. He took care of his aunt, his mom, his dad, and his brother when they became ill. He nursed each with loving care and I never heard that man complain once. Rarely was he not smiling. He lost his aunt, mother, and father, but his brother is still here to remember his brother.
So, Albert my friend, it’s your turn to be taken care of. May God hold you in his arms and fill your soul with warmth. May you know nothing but joy where you are now. Just know this my friend, you left behind many people who loved you. People who will miss you. People who’s lives will continue to hold you in their hearts and whose lives will be left a little lonelier without you.
Rest easy now my friend, you’ve earned it.