I published this by accident. I wrote it weeks ago, but then my Gram died and I didn't want so much death on my blog. So I kept pushing it back every week, I would put the next week's date on it for "Wordless Wednesday". I meant to hold off until after Thanksgiving, but put today's date on it instead. It stays up, now. Sorry for the bummer, but I guess this was my subconscious telling me to remember what I am thankful for this week.
In September, one of our field guys died in a tragic car accident. His jeep went off a back road in a torrential rain storm and hit a tree. He was not wearing a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle. They had to have a closed casket.
This kid was literally one of the nicest people I have ever met. He always had a smile (the kind that lit up his whole face) and never a bad word. I'm not just saying that. He was so sweet and well liked, the guys nicknamed him Opie. This from a pretty rough crowd - most of the nicknames given are not flattering. The loss felt throughout our small company was immense.
I think one guy summed it up gracefully when he said, "God must have had an incredibly special building going up in Heaven to have called him home so early.". He was 31, and left behind 2 young children.
I was asked to get quotes to have hard hat stickers made, maybe with his initials or something simple. I suggested OPIE instead, and it was met with a resounding yes. Every single employee in possession of one of our hard hats now proudly bears a memoriam to one hell of a guy.
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