Sometimes at funerals you feel like they are making someone out to be something they weren’t. I do believe it’s good to remember someone is a positive light, just not to make them sound like they were nothing but perfect. People when I die don’t sugar coat it too much ok. Paul’s funeral was different, I felt like it was almost understated what an amazing man he was. I feel really blessed to have known him while he was here, and it’ll be nice to see him again after I pass on. His smile just made you feel better. I remember talking to him a bit after my divorce and he was an amazing support, and truly gave me hope.
During the funeral on Saturday his wife was talking about Randy Pausch’s The Last Lecture. I have heard some hoopla about the book but never picked it up to read. I now want to. She said that reading it reminded her of Paul and his way of thinking. I recorded some of her talk on my blackberry and I was listening to it again tonight. My favorite quote has just become:
“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out; the brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. The brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They are there to stop the other people!” -Randy Pausch
I love it. LOVE IT! I plan to track down a copy of the book and read it. Thanks Patty for sharing with us, and thanks Bryan for being my best friend so that I could get to know your dad a little.