Well, it's only a coincidence that the previous post's title is "Are We Going to Live Long Enough?"
People expect old men to die,
They do not really mourn old men.
Old men are different. People look
At them with eyes that wonder when . . . .
People watch with unshocked eyes;
But the old men know when an old man dies.
We - auctioneers and auction goers in the Chicago area - have lost a good man, Lennie. He was about my age, perhaps several years younger. When we had time we swapped Army stories. He went to Vietnam, I think shortly after I left there.
Lennie was a *nice* man as well as a good one, a listener as well as a talker, hard working and reliable, excited at any news about a granddaughter in Arizona, now perhaps five or six years old, and when she came for a visit - well!
Rest in peace, Lennie.