Automobiles from another era:
The Ford Taurus was Sonny's last car methinks.
I have two close friends from my youth. We went our separate ways at 16-17 yrs of age. Later in life, we all developed friends in the areas we lived but still remained in touch. I am pretty sure if I needed them, they would be there for me.
Later in life as I spent a lot of time in the military and would come home on leave I became very good friends with Sherry‘s sister Colette’s husband, Sonny Helms.
Towards the end of my military career we were fortunate to find a house one block from Sonny and Colette. Sonny and I became even closer. In fact he was my best friend. We had so much in common that our different views on religious affiliations and politics, were NEVER a problem.
He was a friend I could discuss ANYTHING with and I know it would go no further. There are lots of people who NEVER have that kind of friend, and I feel sorry for them. I think of him every day and miss him.
We were married to sisters and our wives were our top priority. I said that to enforce the next couple statements he made to me.
Sonny and Colette
Just after the death of his sweetheart we talked for hours. He was devastated. Once driving around he looked over at me and out of the blue, nothing to do with our ongoing conversation he said, “You probably think I am the worst Christian in the world, but If I just KNEW she was with Jesus, if I could see her there, I could sleep better.”
Of course I told him I had never known a better man nor Christian, and I have no doubt I would feel the same way.
WE had many talks, but I remember a couple weeks later we were in his porch swing, just he and I. You had to have known that couple to understand, that porch swing had hung on their porch over 40 years. They spent hours swinging and talking. They were a fixture in the neighborhood, everyone knew them and they knew everyone.
Anyway as we sat there tears started to flow as that giant of a man said, “Jack, I have settled in my mind that Colette is in a better place and is happy, BUT I DON’T CARE. I know it is impossible and selfish, but I want her back!”
I told him I had no idea how he felt, I had never been in his place, but I just knew God understood his feelings and dilemma; I sure did.
I know my buddy would not mind me repeating that. Faith is easy to talk about until the rubber meets the road. Just sayin’.
I sure miss that guy, he was the best.