The summer of ’06 was tough, looooong, and hot!
—I tortured mom w/an addition & major renovations to her home.
I did my best to paint the clearest picture of what she was about to go through. She didn’t get it. I think she even hated me at times–seriously.
I knew it would be tough to live in the midst of construction, but what neither of us knew was the adventure we were about to go on in the company of
two old, childhood, best friends!
John and Garys’
“camaraderie” had us in stitches!
We heard a lot of “Are you gonna help me, or do I have to do everything alone?” “Does cheese come with that whine?” “Well, I was wrong once—but that was back in ’47.”
And they didn’t leave me out of it. On a particularly hot and muggy day, wearing a “summer top” with shorts, I walked up on a conversation about “the shortage of clothing in the world—–.”
When I fussed about something not quite right (per my design), “Oh? If you don’t like it, we’ll do it again, ‘cuz you know what we call you— boss!” “Y’know Catherine, we may b-s you some—but we’ll never lie to ‘ya!” (wink-wink!)
One of my “hats” was go’fer. But once I needed John to help pick up a big load of drywall, leaving Gary behind–Mom said she was leaving for church and (foolishly) asked if he would be okay alone? “Oh I’m gonna be real scared.” —ask a silly question, get a silly answer—!
They never cleaned up after themselves—they were “too expensive for that!” “—But there’s this girl who comes around and cleans up–so don’t worry about it!” —Understand that this is only a BLIP of the story!
Well, No Pain—No Gain!
A tough project in the best of circumstances, made “fun” by these two characters!
Sadly, we lost Gary a week ago, to cancer. A great loss to his family and anyone lucky enough to know him.
I can hardly imagine John’s loss of his best friend—but I know he wanted to argue with him at the funeral when it was revealed Gary said, “All John does is measure stuff–I have to do everything else!”
He may have been in our lives a short time—but he left a big imprint!
—to a really good, hardworking man,
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