The text from his daughter arrived early this morning.
My friend Norman died at about 1:30 a.m. June 28, taking him on to the next part of his journey. Today, I’m thankful not only for Norman’s life but also because he got the chance to say farewell. He got the chance to celebrate his life with his loved ones, and in doing so, gave us one final opportunity to let him know the impact he has had on us.
The grace with which Norman faced his cancer reminded me of Warren Zevon, the brilliant singer/songwriter who wrote and recorded an album detailing his pending death. Zevon’s “My Ride’s Here” is one of the most touching looks at life and death I’ve ever heard, and Bruce Springsteen’s cover is one of my favorites.
So, today, this goes out to Norman and his family.