Strangers I have known.

October 14, 2011

I do not know this man.  He is my friend’s father and I only had the pleasure of meeting him once, briefly, at Starbucks.

His eyes were gentle. His voice was confident. He was smiling. I got the impression he smiled a lot.  You could tell this was someone well respected.  He reminded me of Cary Grant.

Larry Zarian died yesterday.  His family is devastated and my heart is heavy for everyone who is hurting by his absence today.

Larry’s son, my friend Gregory, is the kind of guy you invite for dinner.  He’s handsome, genial and never dull.  He lights up when he sees his nephew, feels at home whenever his brother Lawrence is close and  he always asks about my family.

He sends flowers at the most appropriate times.

I imagine that his father was instrumental in the man Gregory is today.

We are lucky if our parents teach us the truly important tidbits about life. 

Always take care of family.  Nurture friendships.  Take care of yourself.  Be kind.  Community.

Larry Zarian left Gregory and Lawrence a legacy; the heart of one good man.  That’s a life well spent.

We are not here for as long as we think.  Be good to each other.  In the end, it’s the only thing that really matters.

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Melissa October 15, 2011 at 4:12 AM

Whenever I see the twins smiling, I’ll be thinking of their dad.

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