Sorry I've been gone so long :( About six weeks ago, the afternoon before Easter, we got the phone call that my boss had been killed in a boating accident. How do handle a phone call like that? This is the second time in my life I've received such a call, the first being when my husbands brother passed. Your mind just goes blank, and until you finally repeat the words it's like time stops. My boss has been like another Dad to me. I started working for him when I was just 18 years old, and this August would have made 11 years. I've never met a more rough-around-the-edges type guy, but with a heart of gold who would give you the shirt off his back if you needed it. It's been a very hard time these past several weeks, dealing with the emotions of a traumatic loss, helping his family out (several other were involved and injured), and keeping the business running how he had always wanted it to...but I'm figuring things out, people are healing and getting better, and we will make it through this. It's so hard to lose someone you love and respect so much, and who has made such a profound impact on your life, and very easy to get caught up in the emotions that you will not ever walk into the office again and see their smiling face, but I found this quote from Dr. Seuss below, and it's a great reminder of how we should look at loss. Until we meet again boss man :) Love and miss you!
Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened. - Dr. Seuss
RIP Gary Lowry 08/25/1951 - 03/30/2013