Friday, October 31, 2014
You Can Hang a Star on Those Two
These are two of my favorite friends, Elliott and Patti Fox, from Southern California. Elliott was my honorary tennis captain for two championship tennis teams I played on. We also teamed up together for numerous socials and events, like the first Ramona author talk I hosted for local writers in my community.
Elliott was the guest of honor at last weekend's tennis social. "You were in a lot of the pictures, Mike," Elliott recounted during our phone conversation yesterday. I know you were with us in spirit."
I asked Elliott to introduce me when I launched my first book at the author talk. His wife sat in the audience, proudly listening to her husband speaking from the podium. The couple have a rare twinkle in their eyes that never fades as the years pass.
I could hear the excitement in Elliott's voice when I told him our youngest son is joining the army. "I'd go back in there right now if they'd let me," the ex-master sergeant who served in WWII said. "Don't worry," I said. "My son will follow in your footsteps."
Every morning when Elliott and Patti wake up, they celebrate life. They are my heroes. Yes, you can hang a star on those two. Even though I'm far away now, I will always hold these two close in my heart. The world is a better place because of people like the Foxes.