Earl worked at the power company. During his eulogy, it was said his job was to keep the lights on. He did this at home, too, teaching his family the secrets of exuding power and light from within. The best way to teach your children about faith is to live it every day. I will never forget how crowded the church was at Earl's funeral. The audience included every single nephew and niece in this large Irish family and the newest generation of eyes of pearl, Earl's two blue-eyed great-grandchildren. They were told they would be releasing balloons into Heaven and thought their great-grandfather was also going to Heaven in a balloon.
I picture him waking up in a new place with bright lights we have never seen before, asking, "is this Iowa?"
His Greeter replies, "no Earl, you're not in Iowa anymore, this is Heaven. Your brothers are waiting. Follow me."