New entry in my Kilt blog 9/21/2011

Friday, June 3, 2011

Old Fools Journal: Thaddeous Babin has left the building

People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when...
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.

~Ogden Nash~

A little Jack Daniels helps
Thaddeous is a cajun with a real sense of humor despite his afflictions. He checked out sometime in the night this last night while appearing to be getting back into bed. He did not die alone and he did not linger. He had about eight cats with him. Yesterday he cut his grass when it was a hundred degrees outside.
Ted was disabled to the point of needing a walker and he said a lawnmower was just another kind of walker.
He is a few months younger than I (72) and never let me forget it.
If he reads this I want him to know he has ruined my day. Oh well it wasn't going to well anyway.

Photos of Teds Birthday 2009.


Rat Trap Press said...

I'm sorry to hear about your friend passing but like you said, at least he didn't linger.

Interesting poem. I had read it somewhere a long time ago. The last line is very true, or at least it appears to be according to my father-in-law's behavior.

Gunnar Berg said...

Hard to lose friends.

Gwen Buchanan said...

Old men( and women too ) are the ones I most miss when they die.. they know what living and surviving, till that day at least, was all about.. the younger generation has a lot of living and learning to do, to be the people they were.. and I don't know if they ever will have time enough to accomplish it...
So many old friends have died since I moved to this village .. they had character! ...the world does not create people like that anymore.
Take care.

Ben in Texas said...

Sometimes it's hard to realize that our true real friends are our age and older. And one by one they are going to leave us, or we leave them. But it ain't a race.

Remember the good times when you think of your buddy.

Chandra said...

I am sorry about the loss of your friend, Richard!

Steve A said...

It's gonna happen to all of us sooner or later so I'm not sure why the hoopla over the world not ending during May.

As one with a daughter that went to Arkansas, I must say I wonder about someone with an LSU tablecloth. I guess it partly comes with the territory...

Dani said...

Condolences on the loss of your friend.

He and you were privileged to have known each other - your lives were richer for that friendship.

Oldfool said...

Thanks to all.
You can guess where the cats and kittens went. One kitten died we think because of the extreme heat. The adults are completely traumatized but hanging around.
The fleas are muttering "fresh meat".
More on this later.

Emmy said...

Those who do not morn the passing of their elders are star-eyed, foolish, and immature; they feel as though they will live forever, and don't apprecite the morbid reminder that death provides them.

I'm very sorry for the death of your friend. Losing someone is never easy. You will all be in my prayers.