Wednesday, April 06, 2011

Footprints in the Snow

“I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea.”
~Dylan Thomas

Dylan Thomas is one of my favorite poets, if not my favorite of all time, and…

If one was to replace “tea” with “beer” within Thomas’ brief passage, it would describe perfectly the relationship between the seven Mahoney boys in our family.

We lost the oldest, Phil, some years ago, and Tuesday April 5th at 2:45 P.M., we lost the second oldest brother, John, to complications brought on by cancer some five months prior to his 62nd birthday.

We will miss him greatly, but in his honor, we will continue to build snowmen, knock each other down, drink afterwards, and remember the two gone before us by following their footprints in the snow.

Here’s to brother John, and as always…

Cheers!!

38 comments:

Dana said...

I'm sorry Matt ...

Matt-Man said...

Dana: Thanks Dana. Cheers!!

Andy said...

I'm so sorry Matt. I heard tonight. You and your family in our thoughts. Andy

Matt-Man said...

Andy: Thanks Anj. I appreciate that. Cheers!!

Jay said...

Very sorry Matt. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Matt-Man said...

Jay: Thanks Jay and thanks for happening to be on the phone with me during the hours leading up to it. Laughter takes the edge off. Cheers Jay!!

David said...

I'm so sorry for your loss but, if I may say, he was a Mahoney brother so one can only assume he had a life well-lived and god bless him for it.

I always have held the opinion that I would rather have a shorter well-lived life than a long boring life.

God speed, Phil.

David said...

oops - wrong quoted name...God Speed John.

sybil law said...

So sorry to hear it, Matt.
xoxo

Matt-Man said...

David: No need to correct yourself. While we have different personalities and temperaments, our core beliefs are pretty similar in what we think, so all are one and one is all. Cheers and Thanks David.

Matt-Man said...

Sybil: Thanks Sybil...It happens, and well...whatever. Ha, I'm speechless, write this down!! Seriously thanks for chiming in Hot Lips. Cheers!!

Phfrankie Bondo said...

I have lost many a family member, but ne'er a sibling.

It can't be good.

Hang in there, pard'.

Matt-Man said...

P-Man: I appreciate that. Even though much older than I, I dug John. He was much like me only times two. He was his own man, and saracstically funny as hell. Cheers P-Man!!

Betty said...

I was sorry to hear about your brother, Matt.

Matt-Man said...

Betty: Thanks Jaymom, and I say that affectionately in spite of Jay ; ). Seriously, I appreciate that...As ascerbic as he was, I already miss the man, and my son, Ryno loved him. Cheers Betty!!

Warrior_Kat said...

So sorry to hear about your brother Matt. I'm keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers. *hugs*

Matt-Man said...

Warrior: I appreciate that. I have mixed feelings about death especially in this case. He accomplished a lot, and yet in a selfish way, I miss him. Anyhoo...Thanks, I dig ya WK. Cheers Sexy!!

Mike said...

Cheers to John.

Matt-Man said...

Mike: That's all need be said Mike, and thanks. Cheers!!

MysteryChick said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Matt. Hugs to you and cheers to John for a life well lived.

Beth said...

I'm so sorry baby. My thought, prayers, and love for you and your family as always.

Jaffer said...

I am sorry... my condolences to you all who loved him

Matt-Man said...

Chick: Thanks. He was a political beast and a funny, funny man. Cheers Sexy!!

Schmoop: I know and I am glad you're here with me. Cheers and Zooooves!!

Matt-Man said...

Jaffer: Why thank you Jaffer, and thanks for popping in. Cheers!!

metalmom said...

Matt, I'm so very sorry for the loss of your brother. You are in my thoughts and prayers today. Love ya.

Matt-Man said...

Metal: Thanks, I appreciate that you darn sweetie. Cheers Metal!!

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Damn that sucks Matt. I can not imagine losing my brother or my sister. How bout a hug?

Matt-Man said...

Vinny: Thanks, but a hug? I'd feel like I'm cheating on Jay. Cheers Vin!!

Joker_SATX said...

My sincerest condolences Matt.

Matt-Man said...

Joker: Thanks. He was a real bastard, and I mean that in the best way. Loved his sarcasm. Cheers Joker!!

You can Call me AL said...

Very sorry Matt. Thoughts and prayers to you and your family.

Matt-Man said...

Al: Thanks Al. It's part of life. Cheers to ya Al!!

Knight said...

This is a really fantastic post to honor your brother. You must have one hell of a family.

I'm sorry for your loss Matt. Sending love your way.
Cheers to you and Phil and John.

Micky-T said...

Sorry to hear it Matt. I want to be 90 when I lose a brother, or better yet let me go first.

Matt-Man said...

Knight: Why thanks and yeah, we've had some fun over the years. We have two sisters as well. Thanks and Cheers Knight!!

Micky: Thanks Mick, and Cheers to you ya!!

John said...
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John said...

I always felt that when we lose someone close, there are two major emotions. One: Sadness that that person no longer is. Two: Joy that that person once was. One overshadows Two initially, but with any luck, Two will overtake One in quick order.

Matt-Man said...

John: You are indeed correct and thanks for the comment. Cheers John !!