DISCLAIMER: This is dedicated to my lifelong friend, Bernard Anthony Wallen, who unexpectedly passed away June 3, 2018. Please keep his family, whom I hold very close to my heart, in mind as they endure this difficult time.
The past month has been a whirlwind of craziness for me. On top of dealing with a recent death, I get hit with another one. This time it happens to be a longtime friend of mine. I have told y’all about my faith before but NOTHING can prepare you for deaths like this.
Bernard had an energy that has always been and will continue to go unmatched. We met in 4th grade and from then on, him, his twin, & I became best friends. From then on, we had a friendship no one could separate. As we got older and life got busier, we made sure we never missed the most important days in each other’s lives. We were family at this point. We have been through so much together & always had each other’s backs no matter what. Not everything was simple or easy yet it somehow worked.
I admit we did do a lot of stupid stuff growing up but I wouldn’t change a thing. We had fun. We lived our lives in the best way we could. Now, will I tell our kids half of what we’ve done? Absolutely not! Not until they’re like 40 and then we can laugh about how funny / crazy it all was.
I’ll tell them how great of a friend you were that would literally give the shirt off his back just to make sure someone was good. I’ll tell them that somehow you became everyone’s unofficial gym trainer. I’ll tell them how you danced and sang all the time. I’ll tell them how great of a Dad and Uncle you were. I’ll tell them how much you loved them.
It has been one hell of a ride with you in my life and though that ride is over now I will never forget it. Your family will still be my family. Your kids will still be my nieces and/or nephews. I am beyond blessed to have had you in my life as long as I did. I know I’ll see you again very soon with that beaming smile that everyone remembers. Hopefully you’re still moonwalking and gliding up to everyone when we do meet again. 😂😂 I love you so much and I miss you forever.
Like you always said, Friends Forever.