So here is a photo tribute to my very favorite guy.
As a child ... (early 1960's)
As a newly engaged man, with guess who? Look at that smile! I used to tease him that if he kept smiling those ear to ear smiles, he might crack his face in two. (1988)
Just married ... and again that smile! (1989)
The honeymoon ... we went biking, of course! (Tahoe 1989)
He had both a serious side (on rare occasions)...
and a goofy side. The goofy side was MUCH bigger so he always kept me laughing.
As the best man in his dad's wedding in 2010. I love this picture because he is smiling at the photographer (ME!!!!!).
Our last trip to Lake Tahoe just a month before his death. I am so glad that we took the time to go!
His favorite activity! He loved to wear a yellow shirt when biking because that is the color won by the biking champions in the Tour de France.
So, for those of you still with me, thank you for reading this and taking a moment to learn about my Larry. He was an amazing man! Sweet, fun, compassionate, courageous. I could not have asked for a better husband. Larry loved helping others and never let anything interfere with that. Larry struggled with diabetes for over 40 years, but he never let that define who he was. After his death, Larry's favorite nurse told me that he had every possible diabetic complication possible and that his pain must have been incredible. I knew this and yet hearing it defined that way was stunning. You see, my sweet husband got up each day, put a smile on his face and provided cheer for the rest of us. After his death, I was amazed at how many people came forward to tell me that Larry was one of their favorite people: grocery clerks, pharmacists, many people that I did not know. Once they found out who I was, they told me beautiful stories about Larry and how he had helped them in some way. Most of the stories I did not know because for Larry being kind to others just came naturally. It was his normal way of life. So often I reflect on our time together and always come to the same conclusion: Given a choice of being married to Larry for only 21 years or not at all, I would always take the 21 years. It was not long enough, but it was wonderful. I know that my sweet guy no longer feels pain and is busy biking and gardening in Heaven. When I think about joining him there, I just know that he will be waiting for me with a tandem bike in hand so we can go biking together. I can hardly wait!
Thanks for indulging me, my dear bloggy friends! My advice to all of you is to savor each moment with your loved ones!
Love to all,