Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Taking cousin Craig fishing

Some of you might feel this is a little inappropriate, but after giving it some thought, I decided that there can be no better tribute to a man than to immortalize him in words. 
Twelve years ago this next November, I first made the acquaintance of my wife's cousin Craig. The occasion was my future mother-in-law's funeral. It was my first time meeting her family. Not a great time to meet the future in-laws. After the service, we attended what I suppose could be described as an Ohio wake. Having never attended a wake before, this is just supposition on my part. But, it was full of accolades for the dearly departed and lots of alcohol which I understand are the staples of a wake. 
Anyway, the wake went on till the cows came home as they say. It was during this time that I learned that my wife was Craig's favorite cousin. Over the years we didn't have contact with Craig except by phone. After one of those phone calls, Pam announced that Craig had expressed a love of Colorado, a place where he had lived at one time before moving back to Ohio. Okay, that's understandable.
What Pam didn't tell me is that Craig wanted to come back to Colorado. At least she didn't say anything further that I remember. 
Fast forward to today.  Pam announced after dinner that she thought that we should take one more long weekend trip before the snow falls and take Craig with us. That sounded like a good idea until I asked whether she had talked to Craig. She got this funny look on her face and said, "He's here."  She led me upstairs to her office, walked to her desk and handed me a weighty brown plastic pill bottle.
Yep, you guessed it...Cousin Craig. So, I guess we'll be taking a long weekend fishing trip sometime soon and taking Craig along to a scenic location for his last fishing trip. Rest in peace Craig.

10 comments :

  1. Dang, that story took a twist I didn't expect. Good post though.

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    1. Hi Kevin. I decided that if treated respectfully that it would be okay to write this up. My wife even agreed and thought it was kind of funny in a warped sort of way. Craig was a good guy who liked a good story or joke and loved Colorado.

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  2. Cousin Craig will be in good hands..

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    1. Craig is in good hands and the trip has been scheduled for my anniversary weekend. I hope he likes where he's going.

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  3. Yup, and I bet you will select just the right place to share some Colorado with him.

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    1. Yep...I sure hope he likes the Arkansas because that's where he's going.

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  4. That was great! I had a feeling that it was going to go there but then as I started reading, I thought I was wrong...and then I got to the end. lol

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    1. Come on Nick, you know that I'm always serious and don't try to fool people. Just another way to pay tribute to someone without it sounding like a eulogy. Thanks!

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  5. I am glad Craig chose Colorado to spend part of his final fishing trips! I would image Craig is fishing in other parts of the country as well otherwise Craig was a small fella to fit in a pill bottle. They will need an entire pharmacy for my small butt!

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    1. Al, I was talking to my father-in-law a few minutes ago and mentioned that Pam and I were going to take Craig fishing. He said, What? I thought Craig died! We had a chuckle over that.

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