Very sadly, I learned yesterday that Uncle Joe died the day after Easter. I couldn’t sleep last night very well because of it, and it’s made me so sad this morning. So many emotions flowed into me this morning, memories, and I realized the most profound thing I could say about him out loud was simply, “I love you Uncle Joe.”
If ever there was someone who could personify the fun of a summer vacation, it was Uncle Joe. He was good-hearted, fun loving, could tell stories that made you laugh until you cried and he always only seemed to want the good for everybody. He was fishing on a lazy lake, cookouts, boat rides, football games, a go-getter, country music, he cried when poor little Louie, the treasured pooch was killed, just someone who lived well and dealt well with life. He had a Mississippi accent you could cut with a butter knife, and the things he would tell Aunt Cal would have you in stitches. So, I’m thinking about him with a grateful heart. Rest in peace, Uncle Joe, thank you for so many wonderful times. Your high spirits and energy were a force that kept so many people in your family centered and happy. You lived a long, long time, and I know you lived fully the entire time you were here. We had a lot of fun together, and I’m so glad you loved my meatloaf! Thank you, and God bless you. Posting this song for you. Remember when we sang, “Jolene” together?