Friday, February 1, 2002
In coming up with ideas
to make our page for your
Kanreki Memory Book, it occurred to us:
We've heard many of
your fishing tales, even eaten some of your catches, but we've never gone fishing with
We've never ever played tennis with
never worked with you, either.
(If you'll remember, you were so
high security, you couldn't talk to us about your work, otherwise,
you'd have to kill us and we didn't want that...)
Yet we have a huge
history together, as we've been together for many of the most
special times in life. Just reviewing the last six
months, we've been together at:
All we've ever done is "Eat, Drink, and Be Merry"
We've gathered around many tables and said grace (yours at
Thanksgiving some years ago stands out as the best), together.
We've piled our
plates high and pigged out, together.
We've lifted our
glasses and heartily toasted each other, together.
We' ve karaoked and
sung our hearts out, together.
We've played games,
We've made total
fools of ourselves, together.
We've saucered down
a snow-covered hill, together.
We've hugged many
times in greeting and in parting.
important life passages, together.
We've spent them
with people we care about and love, together.
We've lived the best
of life, together, celebrating it as friends and family.
We're a pretty hedonistic bunch, aren't we? But lest we feel
guilty for being gluttons and imbibers, did you know we've been
following God's orders to the letter? Look what I found on the
thy way, eat thy bread with joy,
and drink thy wine with a merry heart;
for God now accepteth thy works."
~ Ecclesiastes 9:7
is better for a man than that he should eat and drink,
and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor."
~ Ecclesiastes 2:24
"So I commended enjoyment,
because a man has nothing better under than the sun
than to eat, drink, and be merry;
for this will remain with him in his labor all the days of his
which God gives him under the sun."
~ Ecclesiastes 8:15
So where to begin? Maybe
'tis better to summarize. Words mean a lot to me. So it seemed appropriate that our gift to you would involve words. I searched the 'Net for
friendship quotes. There's a slew of them.
But you're a
unique and dear friend of many, many years, and tonight, we sat down together
in front of the computer to whittle them down to just those with
personal significance -- those that applied to you, us, and our long
As we evaluated each
quote, we thought of you with great fondness and much Aloha. Your smiling face
keeps coming to the fore, and
yes, we are feeling very blessed to be your friend.
We love you, LeRoy.
And, you go, baby boy!
Our Page for Your Memory Book
Your Calabash Relatives and "Eat, Drink & Be Merry"
P.S. And let us
not forgot this quote:
"Eat, drink and be merry, for
tomorrow ye diet. "
~ Lewis C. Henry