Thank You Thursday salutes Mr.Know-it-all, affectionately known to other bloggers as the G-man. He hosted a fun word play event called “Flash Fiction Friday”, in which we all had to submit stories which were no more than 55 words in length. We began to refer to it as “Friday 55” and at one point it grew to almost 100 participants. I remember quitting after a year…which lasted about a month and the bug bit me again. I even compiled some of my favorite stories, (the kind you’re proud of and wonder where the heck they came from), and self-published a little book. The G-man was like a proud parent when I told him.
And while I enjoyed creating those stories, usually out of thin air the night before, with the addition of our charity, my plate grew too full. Reluctantly, I let my Friday 55 go.
But with Veteran’s Day coming up, I wanted to touch base with the G-man again, to let him know how one of my blog posts had come full circle. It was a story I wrote years ago called, “The Bracelet”, about the MIA bracelet I wore as a kid during the Vietnam War. That story, and the journey of how I was able to gift the bracelet to that Captain’s son, turned into another small book. I just knew the G-man would be tickled pink to know that although my posts were infrequent, they still lived on. And I still wondered about him.
So this morning I tracked down his blog, “Mr. Know-it-all”. I always wondered if that title had anything to do with his position as an excellent car salesman. Anyway, the most recent post was entitled, “Goodbye G-man”.
To my horror, I discovered this man who had aided in making me a better writer, had passed away on Dec. 9, 2014. How could I not know that? How could I have stayed away so long? I read through 50 comments to discover he’d died of a heart attack at the car dealership. I backed up a couple of posts and discovered on Nov. 20th he’d decided the time had come to let someone else run the Friday 55 playground. He bemoaned that he’d miss it, but might even return in the winter. He ended that post referencing another blogger who had a “Gratitude Quill”, where people were free to leave notes of what they are really thankful for.
Oh, the irony of finding that today.
So G-man, wherever you are, I’m sure you’re large and in charge of some corner of the universe where people laugh and love…even those they’ve never met. And I think you'd get a kick out of being my 999th Blog post.
Thanks for bringing a sparkle and a wink to my world.