I had a chance to speak to my cousin Mark just before Christmas and told him that he had embeded some great memories in my mind that 40 years later I still remember. I told him I was proud of him the way he took on the roll of head of his family. The way he was always there to help and provide guidance. I told him that I have modeled my life after him and my father and was proud of the good hearted man, big brother, and giving person that he was.
This was his response:
"Wow. Thank you for the kind words. I am humbled to be included in you inner circle of influence.
I love the movie, It's a Wonderful Life with Jimmy Stewart, especially the part where he learns about all the people he has touched or influenced. I am discovering a similar life experience with this disease. I feel blessed when I receive notes like yours. Thank you so much.
I loved Mark and will miss him emensley.