This is my friend Ric. Today people will gather to talk about how wonderful he was. What a great father, grandfather, friend, companion and co-worker he was. Too bad it is because he is gone.
I want to share a bit about my friend. And what I am about to say may surprise some people.
Ric and I worked together at Carter BloodCare. He called me his "go to girl". He was the manager over facilities and when we built our new location we spent a great deal of time together. In fact I think my office was his first stopping place after arriving in our offices.
We used to talk about so many different subjects. And laugh? Boy did we laugh!
Ric loved my nails. He loved my nail art. When he came into my office one of the first things he would check and see was what was on my nails and toes. The time I had a nail artist paint images of the Broadway play "Wicked" on my toes he even got on his knees to check them out closer.
We shared a love of '70s rock music. Ric loved going to concerts and seeing all the old bands play. Santana, Aerosmith, Doobie Brothers...he saw just about all of them. I loved Heart and had told him it was on my "bucket list" to see them.
One day I get an email from him showing Heart playing in Dallas. I told him I was interested but would have to see about purchasing tickets later due to budgeting. He insisted on getting them for us and said "we could work out the details after payday". Well payday came and went. And Ric refused to let me pay for those tickets. Each ticket was about $110 each so we are looking at over $200. Nothing I could do would change his mind. He was paying for the tickets.
I think Ric would have been pleased.
Be kind to each other. Never forget to tell those you love that you do indeed love them. You never know when the last moment with them will be your last moment.
I miss my friend.
Now wipe those tears and go paint your nails.