We’ve been together since I was born because our mom’s are best friends. You were exactly two months older than me. The first memory I have of us together is of you and me playing in my backyard. You kept calling me “Donna” because you couldn’t pronounce Shauna. I can’t believe you’re gone.
Do you remember all those Thanksgivings at the kids’ table? All us kids? We made such a mess. Remember mashed potato zits? Running around afterwards playing “hide and go seek” and tag? Apples, peaches, pumpkin pie! Who’s not ready holler aye!!! (I used to think it was apples, peach skins, pumpkin pie.)
Oh you were such a looker, the girls drooled over you. Just remember, I turned you down first. You asked me to be your girl and I said no because I was too scared that I would actually have to kiss you or sumpin. I remember flashing my newly budding breasts at you a year later and what was your response? You looked, shrugged your shoulders and said, “My sister’s are bigger”.
You were my friend. Do you remember when you and Damian snuck out in the middle of the night and rode all the way across town to come see me? Remember setting off those fireworks and how I didn’t quite throw mine high enough and we had to duck and cover? Remember how it blew the finger off my glove? Do you remember when I used to watch you and Johnne skate for hours in the pool at that abandoned air force base? You were such an adventurous soul. Always doing something.
We had so many fun hours working at the egg ranch together. It’s because of you I used the word “Poontang” at the dinner table. I remember the forts you and the boys would build out of the egg crates. Hah, I also remember when the fort caught on fire because somebody decided to use a lighter to see inside.
Remember that time we got drunk at the church picnic from that box o’ wine? You and I laying side by side in the ice plant laughing our heads off. Our parents looking at us thinking we were such a pair of giggly heads. That is until you puked all over the stairwell at the youth center. I think that was the day you got “introduced” to Monsignor Dolan.
You were my pal. We were so goofy whenever we got together. I loved hanging out with my “boys”. Never a dull moment. Always skateboarding, surfing, snowboarding, dirt biking and getting into mischief. I thought you were so clever. You were certainly a leader. You made me laugh. You were my co-conspirator. I admired you.
We got older. Everyone started calling you Dan, but not me, you were still my Danny. You went away to college and I stayed home for school. We each got married. I moved across the country. We only saw each other at family gatherings. Even though we didn’t see each other as often as when we were kids, we were always able to pick up where we left off and have a good ole time when we did.
Marie, your wife, is one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever met. Still not sure how you pulled that one off. Mom says she’s in shock right now. I’m in shock right now. I can’t believe you’re gone. I’m going to miss you and my heart is broken right now.
You remember how many times you cheated death? You remember when we were in your car and we lost control and spun out? You remember how that man came out of his house and threatened to kill you because of it? Boy was he mad. Or when we side-swiped a bridge guardrail on the way home from Knott’s Berry Farm because our driver fell asleep? We thought it was so funny to yell, “CORN!” at random times the rest of the drive home to make sure he didn’t fall asleep again. You remember how you were camping and that jeep went off the road and came to a rest on it’s side just touching your tent?
I guess this time you just couldn’t cheat death. I don’t know what that woman was doing when she lost control of her truck, but I’m glad you left this world on your dirt bike doing what you love. I’m so sorry for Marie, my Godparents and the rest of his family. What a rotten Mother’s Day for my Godmother.
I will forever miss you.
[UPDATE] Rosary/viewing scheduled for Thursday May 15th at 6:30pm. Funeral Mass to be held, Friday May 16th at 10am both services held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Catholic Church.