Honoring A Favorite Uncle

Yes everyone, we’re still around.  Last weekend (2/23 – 2/24) I decided to take just a little break from writing which I guess in itself was kind of odd because Saturday’s “Things About This Week….” and Sunday’s “Coming Up This Week….” almost write themselves.  I don’t know what it was, I just needed a few days to step back.

On Tuesday (February 26) I was planning and working on a post when mom and dad popped over for a quick visit.  During that visit mom received a phone call from my Aunt Priscilla, she was calling to tell my parents that my Uncle Leo, my dad’s older brother, had just passed away, Uncle Leo was 82.  We were all in shock, a little numb.  Although Uncle Leo may not have been as strong as he used to be and had been in and out of the hospital recently, none of us were prepared for that call on Tuesday.

The viewing wasn’t scheduled until Friday and the funeral on Saturday so the in-between time was spent in a little fog of disbelief and memories, making arrangements for travel and the mini road trip itself up north.  Mom and Dad drove with me, I figured it would be better for them if I was the “chauffeur.”

Friday and Saturday was a whirlwind of family and friends, some who haven’t seen each other or have not been together in a long time.  Over the course of those two days there were lots memories shared and numerous stories told…perhaps old but not forgotten.  There were tears, but there was also lots of laughter, lots hugs and lots of love.  Uncle Leo would have loved the laughter, the jokes, the stories and the memories after all he was the ultimate comedian….always a joke or funny story to share whether you were 5 or 85.

Uncle Leo was a 4th Degree Knight in the Knights of Columbus, there was an honor guard at the funeral home during visitation and on Saturday they stood in-waiting, lined along the main aisle of the church as his casket was rolled to the altar for mass.   Aunt Priscilla was presented with a chalice that is engraved with Uncle Leo’s name on it and will be presented to a priest or church in rememberance of Uncle Leo.  It was nice that Uncle Leo was honored and remembered by the K of C.

Father Bob gave a great sermon, he knew Uncle Leo very well.  Father Bob made us smile at memories, shake our heads in agreement as he remembered the kind of man Uncle Leo was, and he left us with the last joke Uncle Leo told him.

Today dear readers…as best I can…I will leave you with the last known joke Uncle Leo shared.

Keep’em laughing up there Uncle Leo….you’ll always be in our hearts.

A woman goes into a sporting good store to buy a rod and reel. She doesn’t know which one to get so she just grabs one and goes over to the register. There is a  “sales associate” standing there with dark shades on.

She says, “Excuse me sir.!..can you tell me anything about this rod and reel?”

He says, “Ma’am I’m blind but if you will drop it on the counter I can tell you everything you need to know about it from the sound that it makes.”

She didn’t believe him, but dropped it on the counter anyway. He said, “That’s a 6′ graphite rod with a Zebco 202 reel and 10 lb. test line… It’s a good all around rod and reel and it’s $20.00”.

She says, “That’s amazing that you can tell all that just by the sound of it dropping on the counter. I think it’s what I’m looking for so I’ll take it.”

He walks behind the counter to the register, and in the meantime the woman farts.  At first she is embarrassed but then realizes that there is no way he could tell it was her…being blind he wouldn’t know that she was the only person around.

He rings up the sale and says, “That will be $31.00, madam.”

She says, “But, didn’t you say it was $20.00?”

He says, “Yes ma’am, the rod and reel is $20.00, the duck call is $11.00.





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