Monday, February 15, 2010

A spectacular sunrise

There are few people I know whom I would count among the most admirable, honest, intelligent and compassionate as my Uncle Melvin.

Toss in a wicked sense of humor and an undeniable love of Planet Earth and you have one of my favorite people. Together with my wonderful aunt, they raised two of the most terrific and talented kids I've ever had the pleasure to know.

In December, this giant of a man collapsed. We've prayed. We've hoped. We've begged for a miracle that does not seem to be coming. God has other plans for this beautiful man. My heart breaks for my aunt and cousins knowing their time with him is limited. The only solace I can offer is what was shared with me by a Benedictine Sister after the sudden passing of my dad:

"Death is not extinguishing the light," Indian poet Tagore wrote, "it is only putting out the lamp because the dawn has come."

Thank you, Melvin, for sharing your life with us mere mortals. I cannot imagine how spectacular the sunrise will be in your new home.


  1. The Tagore quote has been posted on my computer screen for a couple of weeks now. Thanks, Kelley, for lending your gift to Dad's story. Love, Jodi

  2. Awww, this is a sweet post and is making me think of my Dad. He past nearly 15 years ago. I miss him so much.

  3. Kelley, I've enjoyed reading your column for years. Your unique mix of humor, insight and contemplation offers a great view of life and helps keep me grounded each day. Thank you for sharing Jodi's and my father with the world.

  4. Kelley, I have long appreciated how your column's wit, humor and insight turn the mundane into the spectacular. Thank you so much for sharing Jodi's and my father with the world.