J: It's over.
GRB has fought the fight. He has finished the race. He has finally won the title he chased for so many years: he is in heaven with Sweet T by his side.
Yesterday as we watched him battle all of the indignities that this life had thrown at him I thought again about what an amazing man he was. He couldn't talk at all, so he couldn't tell us what was hurting him or how we could help him. But even if he could have talked, he wouldn't have complained. That wasn't his way. He was a quiet man who preferred to be in the background in so many ways. Though he built a successful business and was generous to so many people and causes, he preferred this to go unnoticed. He was never the loudest man in the room, but he could make people feel very special by his genuine interest in who they were and what they were doing.
He rarely said the word love, but his actions spoke of the love he had. Love for his wife, his children, his grandchildren and his God. This legacy of love will live on with all of us who were lucky enough to have been a part of his life.
Where do we go from here? The 27 month long Parkway Project is complete. What's next? I don't really know. I, too, feel like I've finished a long race and fought a long fight. But I know me and I know E and something tells me we will figure out a way to recreate the Parkway Project into something bigger and better. One of our parents' favorite mottos was "to whom much is given, much is expected". We have been given so much. The honor of helping our parents over the past 10 years has not extinguished the feeling that there is more that we can do. Thank you for following our journey and stay tuned for what's next . . .