Thinking of you always reminds me of my youth, growing up in our small town
I recall my early teenage years were filled with fond memories of you in our circle of friends
Always polite and kind, and a little bit shy around those you didn't know
Your willingness to always lend a hand
was one of your best qualities
Your physical strength was evident
And your dependability was a given
It was so endearing, how your face went as red as your hair everytime you laughed
And it was next to impossible to hold in a laugh at the sound of your infectious giggle
Oh, how I will miss that giggle
Oh, how so many of us will miss that giggle
Cracking jokes and keeping people in stitches showcased your sense of humour, which was as contagious as your big, jolly grin
Some would vouch that you were mostly quiet in nature, but for those of us that knew you, that usually meant you were up to something!!
Time passed, and the circle of friends changed
Just like that, we became middle-aged adults
To my surprise, once again, you appeared
And I was blessed to learn you occupied the apartment across from the one my aging parents moved into
I began to travel back in time, re-living the memories of our younger days
I looked forward to the chance that I might see you when I visited, and when I did, I very much enjoyed the reunion, Michael!
How reassuring it was for me, to know my Mom & Dad were in great hands if they ever needed anything
That in itself, brought me so much comfort and relief
I hope you know how very much I appreciated everything you did for them
Today, it is for you that I wish comfort
And freedom from all that ailed you
I pray that you are continuing on with your antics, spreading joy and laughter, knowing that you hold a special place in the hearts of those that knew and loved you
May you rest in peace, my friend ??
June 11, 2021
Copyright © Tammy O'Leary | Year Posted 2021
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