Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy

28 Apr

Last weekend, friends and family gathered at a suburban Atlanta barbeque joint for the debut of my father-in-law’s “Gold Standard Band.” Decked out in festive island shirts, the eight-man group opened the afternoon gig with the above classic tune. From that point on, hearts were light and stomachs started getting heavy (pulled pork and fried pickles!).

It was a most entertaining close to a high-profile week for my in-laws, who, believe it or not, had a Robin Williams movie being shot inside their Stone Mountain home.

Nationally, it was quite a tragic week with the Boston Marathon bombings and the devastating plant explosion in West, Texas.

The juxtaposition of grief and celebration has often occupied my thoughts. I still recall in my formative years when I broached to my brother how uncomfortable I was with the idea of folks gathering after a funeral to chow down on large amounts of food. “I don’t want people talking about which ham they liked best after my funeral,” my childhood self declared.

It wasn’t my brother’s response then, but the one many years later that will never leave me. During our father’s cancer scare of 2009-2010, he said very succinctly, “You’ve got to celebrate life every day.”

We Lees have even combined celebration and a serious cause into one event. Dubbed “Party with a Purpose,” my dad and I organized benefits for our 50th and 30th birthdays, respectively, to help the fight against cancer.

Over the years, I’ve realized every party has a purpose. To catch up with friends and family. To blow off steam from the work week. And, most importantly, to celebrate life. Last week was the latest painful reminder of how fragile it is and how tomorrow is never guaranteed.

Don’t let the rain get you down, it’s a waste of time

Have your fun, live everyday in the bright sunshine…

My father-in-law provides rhythm to our celebration of life.

My father-in-law provides rhythm to our celebration of life.

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3 Responses to “Be Young, Be Foolish, Be Happy”

  1. Richard Foxworth April 29, 2013 at 9:05 am #

    Dang, Brian…eyes are getting a little moist here.  Very nice.  Thank you.  Richard C. Foxworth Attorney at Law 4500 Hugh Howell Road, Suite 210 Tucker, Georgia 30084 Telephone:(770)621-0290 Fax: (770)938-0756

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