I am in mourning this day.
A dear friend of Karin’s and mine has passed away of complications from leukemia and diabetes. He was 55.
Chris was a private, no-bullshit kind of guy and so the best tribute I can think to give him is to just quickly share one thing I feel best characterizes why he was special to me.
Put simply, he was the man who presented me with the most wonderful gift I have ever received. He quite literally gave me my best friend in the world – my beloved German Shepherd, Marley. A pure-bred Alsatian from champion bloodlines commands a hefty asking price, but Chris unselfishly and unreservedly gifted him to me. Almost seven years later, Marley’s undying love and loyalty continue to provide me immeasurable happiness and security. And now they will also serve to remind me that while our bodies may perish, our acts of kindness and generosity persevere and the inspiration they provide is everlasting.