Well fellas, I hate to rub it in too much, but I picked the last watermelon of the year today. It’s 78 F right now. The skid steer finally made it home from job sites. Been out for over two months. So I am Getting the ground work done today for a couple of those eco-shell domes. We’re going to put in two of them for his & hers bathhouses
Started typing this Friday midday but had to go to a funeral…Just now finishing
I went to a funeral Thursday of a man who was the last living charter member of the Rescue Squad here in our county. He was a charter member of two of the fire depts. A deacon in his church. Fire Captain,Rescue Captain, pillar of the community, etc…The most pomp and circumstance I ever saw at a funeral. We had a parade of fire trucks and rescue vehicles for 30 miles with as many as 20 rescue vehicles. Maybe 40 other emergency vehicles and 250 personnel staged at attention all along the route. Thousands of people on the roadside with their hats off. Air force honor guard, Taps, bag pipes, Rescue Honor Guard in full dress blues, Last Call ceremony on the police band radio, formal, clean church funeral.
Contrast/compare to another funeral I went to on Friday of a young man I grew up with. He was from a totally different social class of society. The family couldn’t afford a “real” funeral so they had a small service at an outdoor chapel at SIFAT—the missionary training org down the road. The people there were not at all formal. Extremely the opposite. 1/3 of the crowd smoked cigarettes throughout the service. They wore tank tops and flip flops. Obviously people with jobs that are known for being a bit of a rougher crowd. There was little order and no pomp or circumstance at all.
What’s my point.? Well, as much as these two groups of people were different, what stands out to me is just how much they had in common. I mean these two groups were from two totally different segments of society. Extreme opposite ends of the socio-ecomnomic spectrum. But they both hurt the same over the loss of their people. They all found themselves facing the same truths about life and death and choices and gain and loss. They were all loyal to their people despite their shortcomings and failures. They all felt pain and love and fear and grief. I guess it just reminds me again that we really are all the same despite the ideas of some ignorant people.