first. In the business world, it’s really easy to get wrapped up in all of the day-to-day dramas and forget there is more to life than what happens at the office. Kenny taught me that not only is it okay to relax and just be, but there’s beauty in that way of living, too. He was just 62 when he died, which seems young to me, but it doesn’t really matter how long someone you love lives — you’re never prepared to lose them. A Look Back at the Lives of 2 Incredible Men THANKS FOR THE MEMORIES
866.318.3251 Chiro1Source.com DECEMBER 2019
During the Christmas holidays, movies, songs,
and glittery cards all emphasize the importance of gathering together with family
and friends to celebrate the season. It’s a beautiful message, but for those of us who’ve lost loved ones over the course of the year, it can be bittersweet.
I certainly wasn’t ready to lose Bobby Hodge, who was a close friend for seven years. For the last six months before he passed away, I went by his house at least once a week to spend time with him, and I’ll still treasure
every one of those minutes. Bobby was a successful businessman who traveled the world before he retired, and everywhere he went he made friends and treated every single person like they mattered whether they were a janitor or a CEO.
Just a few days ago, I heard the Maroon 5 song “Memories” playing and ended up stopping in my tracks to listen to the whole thing. The song is all about grief and moving on, and the lines “Toast to the ones here today / Toast to the ones that we lost on the way” really stuck with me. I started thinking about all the people who have made a lasting impact on me who I’ve lost over the years, and my thoughts settled on two great men who passed away in 2019: Kenny Brown and Bobby Hodge.
He had a real sense of grace about him, and that strength came early. More than 50 years ago, Bobby’s son was born with cerebral palsy, and he went against the times and refused to put him in a state facility. He and his wife decided they were going to care for their child as long as they could. Today, that little boy is 52 years old, and, for the last 35 years, he’s been heavily involved in our local Crop Hunger Walk, which raises money for the food insecure. It’s crazy to think that without Bobby’s unconditional love, there’s a chance none of that good work would have been done. This was the first year his son had to walk without him, and he went by his daddy’s grave to tell him he was still going to walk even though he wasn’t there. I know I’m going to miss Kenny’s steady hand and Bobby’s giving heart this Christmas, but I’m also going to make a point to treasure the incredible family I still have. Like the song says, “Toast to the ones here today / Toast to the ones that we lost on the way / 'Cause the drinks bring back all the memories / And the memories bring back you.”
Kenny Brown was my mom’s partner for 10 years, and he passed
away about six months ago. One of the things he taught me that I’ll never forget is
the value of connection with people. Kenny was really into blues and rock music, and he loved to sing and play the guitar in his spare time. Through his
music, he was able to touch a lot of people’s lives and build relationships he never would have otherwise. He always talked about how important it was to have a passion, and, even if that passion isn’t your job or a moneymaker, it’s still vital to pursue it.
From my family to yours, Merry Christmas! I hope you spend it surrounded by people you love.
I also always respected the way Kenny loved my mom, and how he always put her
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