Reality slapped me in the face

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous' started by HatterDon, Aug 23, 2018.

  1. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    Old timers to this site will remember my signature including a website and Facebook page for The Tim and Bob Show. Somewhere on this site is a loooooong thread promoting T&BS CD Take It Outside. The band consisted of my, my wife Hatter Mom, and another couple -- Steve and Kathy.

    The band broke up a few years back, but we keep getting called back periodically for a "special appearance." We were scheduled at church for the last Sunday in September. Our monthy theme is "love." We were going to do two duets and one of our most requested 4-parters -- "My Girl." Last night, I was over playing some stuff with Steve when Kathy walked in and helped me get a vocal straight for a song I was developing for my solo act. She was quick and funny and pitch perfect -- as usual.

    While I've had my heart adventures, and ML has had problems in several areas, and Steve has murderous llergies every year, Kathy has always been relentlessly healthy. She is NEVER sick and is always moving -- until this morning.

    This morning she complained to Steve that she didn't feel well. Within an hour she was dead. She was the youngest of the four and absolutely nobody saw this coming. Those of us of a certain age begin preparing for the worse gradually -- especially when one of us is very ill. Steve never had this opportunity and is shattered beyond description. One of Kathy's daughters is about a month from childbirth. We took them some food and did a lot of hugging, but some things can't be fixed.

    Forgive me for this, but Kathy and Steve are family and so are you guys. If you're one of the eight or so people who bought my solo CD, Kathy is the one doing the hysterical description of the surgery in the "Knee Replacement Blues." She also sings the end of "Other Peoples Children."

    Good bye my wonderful friend. It's been great to know you.

    Thanks for letting me ramble on. Back to football.
  2. MicahMan

    MicahMan Administrator

    Mar 4, 2014
    I'm so sorry Don that you've lost a friend and fellow musician. Kathy sounds like she was an incredible spirit who was a positive force for all around her. People like that are a huge blessing in our lives, but are always missed the most when they are gone. Thank you for sharing a few of your memories of her.
  3. dcheather

    dcheather Administrator

    Jul 29, 2005
    I'm very sad to hear you lost a good friend Hatter. I echo Micah's condolences, she sounds like a wonderful, kind soul that will be very much missed. My deepest sympathies to her family and friends.
  4. SoCalJoe

    SoCalJoe Well-Known Member

    Sep 5, 2006
    Walnut, CA
    Truly heartbreaking, deepest condolences to you, HatterMom and her family. Can’t even imagine what her husband and kids are going through. Just hope for strength and peace w/a grandchild so close to arriving.
  5. HatterDon

    HatterDon Moderator

    Mar 18, 2006
    Peoples Republic of South Texas
    thanks folks ... we're a good family here
  6. astroevan

    astroevan Well-Known Member

    Aug 5, 2013
    South Carolina
    Damn. I hate getting old (and I'm not even close myself yet).

    Sorry for your loss Don. I send my condolences and hope that you all find comfort in good memories.
  7. BarryWhite

    BarryWhite Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Newburgh, IN
    Condolences for the loss of your friend Don.
  8. jumpkutz

    jumpkutz Well-Known Member

    Sep 24, 2011
    Louisville, KY
    I am truly sorry for your loss Don. Great friends ARE family, and the hurt is just as deep. God’s peace to you and her family and friends in the difficult days ahead.
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