A couple of weeks ago on a Saturday morning I got a phone call from one of my dear friends and clients. He asked me if I could fit him in for a haircut because he had to go back in the hospital for some treatment.
Since our relationship is built around wise cracks, shenanigans, sarcasm, love and a little bit of tell it like it is, this Day was no different for me.
I joked around with him and I said “sure play the cancer card and I’ll get you right in to cut your hair!” He laughed like always and then we hung up the phone.
Later that morning he came in and I was crazy busy but I was so happy that I took the time to fit him in, because it turns out that was the very last time I ever saw him alive.
Had I known I would have stopped everything and practiced presence with him.
Had I known I would have squeezed him tighter one last time.
I went to the funeral home yesterday to pay my respects to his family and I would be a big fat liar if I didn’t tell you that my heart is breaking.
I’m not sure how one man can be so sweet and so stubborn all at the same time, but Willis was.
I have so many good stories I could share with you about him but I’m afraid if you never met him, then my words won’t do him justice.
He loved his wife and his family dearly. He talked about them with great pride during each visit.
I learned about hoochin from Willis, even though I thought he called me a hoochy and I told him that wasn’t a nice word for a girl.
He proceeded to fill me in on the real meaning which was hanging out with fellows and having a few drinks.
He always called me “kid”
I don’t know if he called everyone this but it’s a memory that I will always hold close to my heart.
Not everyone you meet will change you for the better, but Willis was that kind of guy.
I feel cheated for sure
I wanted to say good bye
I wanted to tell you how much you mean to me
I wanted you to know that I’m a much better person because I had you in my life.
When I get to Heaven I’m gonna kick your ass for not telling me how serious it really was, but until then I’ll hold him close to my heart 💜
Never hold anything back for a special occasion because being alive is special enough
The trouble is you think you have time