The first time I was to pass by a dead body during a funeral service, my stomach twisted into knots. A line of grownups in front of me sauntered alongside the casket, solemnly paused, murmured words to family members on the front pew, and moved on. Those in line modeled what I was to do,…
Cripes, I missed the theatre…and Dillon did everything he could to help us enjoy the full experience of the Coleman the day we sat and talked…which made me miss it even more.
At one point, his phone rang, and it was a local man who needed money. He was having a hard time, and he called to ask Gary for some help. Gary, without batting an eye, said yes, no problem, come by whenever you want and I will be here. It’s not the first time, Gary said after hanging up, but he needs help and I have the means, so it’s no trouble.
Quietly, I watched Cassie Pearl Browning name each family who lived within a couple of miles of her new home, the lease signed only two weeks before we visited her. She was in her element, surrounded – literally – by family members who had settled in Wyandotte generations ago.
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