We lost a dear friend this week to cancer, Walter Holt. I just found out about it. Walter Holt and his wife, Betty used to be our next door neighbors. They were like great-grand parents to my boys. Walter would always engage us in conversation and tell funny jokes. He and Tim especially hit it off initially because Walter was a Frisco man. (My dad was too.) They would talk about the military and about how to fix things. The Holts have been special friends. They attended my boys' Arrow of Light ceremonies and when Tim made Eagle Scout they showed up for that too. They always bought Boy Scout popcorn to help send the boys to camp. When the boys were little,we would Trick-or-Treat at Walter and Betty's house and at Christmas time, we got together in their living room and sang Christmas carols while I played the guitar. Tim & Johnathan had fun pressing all the buttons on Betty's stuffed animals that she had lining the top of her couch. The animals would dance and sing. Sometimes the boys would just hang out at the Holt's place...there was always a warm and comfortable feeling there. Any time we would go shopping at Dillon's we could most assuredly find Walter and Betty there. In fact, that is where I saw them last. We ran into Ned Reynold's and you would have thought Walter had seen a Hollywood star. They shook hands and Walter told him that he enjoyed watching him on TV sports. (Walter and Betty loved Bears/Lady Bears basketball). When Walter was ever ready to go in the house or check out at the grocery store he would tell a few jokes with enthusiam, give us a hug (and we'd hug Betty too) and Walter would recite by memory an Irish Blessing....(I don't know if this is exact, but it is very similar to what he used to say...) It has been an honor to have known Walter and we will continue to be Betty's friends.
An Old Irish Blessing
May the road rise up to meet you.
May the wind always be at your back.
May the sun shine warm upon your face,
and rains fall soft upon your fields.
And until we meet again,
May God hold you in the palm of His hand.