Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Why you should quit smoking today

I lost a dear friend to lung cancer last Friday.
He was a husband.
A father.
And a friend.
He was also a life-long smoker.
He worked in the tobacco business most of his career.
As did his father.
He was only 58.
And now he's gone.
And I'm sad.
And I don't want anyone else to feel this way.
So please.
To everyone out there that smokes.
Please stop.
1952 - 2011

Mya and Greg in China, 2002

We met Greg in 2000. He and his wife Kelley were part of our small group that traveled to China to adopt our daughters. We all became very close - almost like family. It was quite an emotional journey.

We shared laughs and tears, and stories, and more than one bottle of wine. Our most memorable moments were at their house hanging out on their deck eating Greg's famous ribs and drinking his special margaritas.
I wish we could have gone to Connecticut to say goodbye. I have to tell you though. On Tuesday morning I was driving to work thinking about him, wondering when the funeral was. And I felt like he was there. Smiling. I swear I felt hands on my shoulders and a feeling that everything was going to be ok. Later that day I found out that his funeral was at 11am est. Which would have been exactly when I was in the car on the west coast.

Good bye my friend.

Don, Elli, Greg, Mya, Ray, Lindsey, Tom and Amanda, 2002 Guangzhou China
Mya, Amanda and Lindsey, Fall 2010 in Connecticut
Don and Elli, 2011
We will miss you Greg.
You will live on in our hearts forever.

Kris, Don and Elli

In lieu of flowers, the family would like contributions in his memory to go to Healing Hearts, 73 Stadley Rough Road, Danbury, CT 06811.

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  1. Saddest thing EVER!!! :o( Sorry for your loss Kris. Thinking of you guys......

  2. Kris: that was a simply beautiful tribute to Greg. Our hearts are sad for their family and for you guys - such good friends!


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