Long hours worked.
Days spent at the hospital, weekends on drill and the pager that went off at ungodly hours. The pinging sounding a soldier with wings.
Last rites administered, returning home, he would make the sign of the cross on our heads, we knew nought; unaware he had sat besides deaths door.
The journey of those 60 years summed up in that example.
What is a life well lived if you have not served your fellow man?
What mark have your left if the imprint of Christ’s cross cannot be seen by those who walk with your offspring?
I can only imagine what he would tell me today, eleven years after his passing.
Most likely it would be to vaccum out my car, change it’s oil and call my mom.
He would also, like Tolkein, tell me “not to let grief harden my heart”.
So today I sit with a grateful heart for the man that walked with me.