August 2011

  ....If you come to one of my shows where I am doing a full set you will see a glass dish with a candle in it in front of my mic stand. This glass was given to me by my Uncle George who recently passed away. Uncle George was a big burly man who I never heard raise his voice athough he looked sometimes when we were playing poker that he would like to. Along with my Aunt Chris, he defined what it meant to care about the people you loved. No one in my family ever went without a place to stay in tough times, as his door was always open. Reaching out a hand whether it be by working on a project at a family member's home or hauling firewood was his way.
 Uncle George didn't need to tell you how to live your life, he wasn't the kind of person to boast or to think he knew everything. He led by example in everything he did and I mean everything. The way he loved his wife, the way he cherished his daughter & grandchildren and the way he worked in the woods.
.... Love is a funny thing, and I witnessed it in its most covert fashion a few years back when I stayed at my mom and dad's place for a while after going though some of my own sadness. My dad and Uncle George it seems, for being several miles away from each other, would gab on the phone almost every night. I think they talked low so that no one would notice that they would stay on the phone for quite some time. Love...doesn't care if you are 2 time- tested lumberjacks in your sixties. Love doesn't care if you are scared of getting old. Love somehow finds it way into every heart if that heart allows.
.... My Uncle George loved me and I loved him. We knew this and there was no need to say it, just like there was no need for him to say why he was giving away some of his prized things last year. One of those things was a King's Crown Dish which was manufactured in the early part of the last century. I honor him and his memory by keeping him close to me when I am doing what I love.......

3 comments

  • Aunt Chris

    Aunt Chris

    Dearest Bobby, thank you for your honesty and testament of love for Uncle George. I have tears in my eyes and in my heart for the outpouring of love you have expressed for him. It brings me comfort in my darkest hours that I am not the only one missing him for I know there are many. He was a good, kind loving,generous and humble man and there were no bounds to the love he felt for his family. You have kept his light burning and I love you so for doing that..He loved your music and we listened to your songs often.. He said to me one time and I quote,"who would've thought that little scraper would grow up to sing beautiful songs someday." He was very proud of you for doing what you loved..hope to see you soon. I need some firewood on the porch soon..LOl love you always...

    Dearest Bobby, thank you for your honesty and testament of love for Uncle George. I have tears in my eyes and in my heart for the outpouring of love you have expressed for him. It brings me comfort in my darkest hours that I am not the only one missing him for I know there are many. He was a good, kind loving,generous and humble man and there were no bounds to the love he felt for his family. You have kept his light burning and I love you so for doing that..He loved your music
    and we listened to your songs often.. He said to me one time and I quote,"who would've thought that little scraper would grow up to sing beautiful songs someday." He was very proud of you for doing what you loved..hope to see you soon. I need some firewood on the porch soon..LOl love you always...

  • sloantla

    sloantla

    Bob, I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man. Carry his spirit in your heart. Warmly, T

    Bob,
    I am so sorry for your loss. He sounds like a wonderful man. Carry his spirit in your heart.
    Warmly,
    T

  • Marci Geller

    Marci Geller

    Just a beautiful tribute Robert, thank you for sharing your memories of your beloved uncle. I'm so sorry for your loss.

    Just a beautiful tribute Robert, thank you for sharing your memories of your beloved uncle. I'm so sorry for your loss.

Add comment