Today our baby brother, Whitney, NOT Houston, turns 55 in Paradise. Although Whitney is no longer with us on this physical plane, he lives on in our hearts and minds.
If you know my brother, then you know he’s a comedian. Every couple of days, I smile or chuckle or laugh out loud thinking about something by brother said. Right now he’s visiting Coolio in Gangsta’s Paradise, and they’re having a good laugh.
I try not to think of shuffling off my mortal coil, but when you reach a certain age you know sooner rather than later you’re going to meet your Maker. I almost always imagined that my baby brother would speak at my Homecoming, and I imagined him saying something funny and people laughing, because we should live our lives like Comedy, knowing that there will be tragic moments, but that, in the final analysis, life is for living, and laughing.
As it was, on behalf of our family, I spoke at our brother’s Homecoming, concluding with a lyric from the signature song of my junior high school chorus, from Diana Ross’ “Touch Me in the Morning”:
Wasn’t it me who said that
Nothing good’s gonna last forever?
And wasn’t it me who said
Let’s just be glad for the time together?
We are glad for the time we shared together with our baby brother.
When it’s my time to join my brother, if you attend my Homecoming service, then please share a time I made you smile, chuckle or laugh out loud.
To paraphrase Achilles in Homer’s Iliad The Gods are jealous of us because we are mortal. Life is sweet…
We may reach the winter of our years and recall the merriment, joy, accomplishment and sadness, but a new beginning will be on the horizon when we cross over.
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