Friday, April 22, 2011
A friend of mine died a couple days ago. It was unexpected. Word of his passing has reached and dismayed people all over the world. We met Cecil when the kids and I were on Ringling Brothers Circus. He was such a joy to be around that more than 30 years later we still share happy stories about him and his antics. We have had limited direct contact over the years. Usually it would be “Cecil says hi” coming from someone who had seen or spoken with him and every time one of us talked with someone who might eventually be in touch with him, it was “Tell Cecil hi.” Not a lot, but it invoked memories and kept us feeling connected. Now he’s gone. We’ll still tell the stories and hold him in our hearts. But we won’t be able to send him messages. Or get them from him. Rest in peace, dear Cecil.