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Changing avatars evoked

Posted by vapor5 on June 20, 2012 at 6:45 AM

FJ, galf , and I were joking about avatars on JD's WOW blog so I pondered and received an emotional jolt when the two-face character from one of  many Batman re-incarnations entered my brain.

I was still a hard core partier in 1989 when my best friend and his wife asked me to be the godfather to their first child, a son. I was raised in a serious catholic family but moved quickly past lapsed  Catholic to Deism when I was teen. Anyway, I still viewed it as a great honor and became very involved in the boy's life.

 

He and his younger sister requested that all the inlaws dress up as Batman characters one family halloween party in the late 1990's. The kids supervised their aunt as she painted half my face (photos are somewhere at the bottom of a box) . Now some may wonder why Two-face, but I was glad to a part of these kids' world.

During a lacrosse game in 2002, he stopped running and fell flat on this back. He was diagnosed with Leukemia and fought the good fight , including a painful bone -marrow transplant from his brave sister. It nearly worked but the disease survived in one cell and soon took over . He died in 2004. I'm still close with the family.

BTW, my godson was Devils fan and a Dale Earnhart Sr supporter. Plenty of Wings/Devils trash talk. We also went to a Nascar race together @Dover in 1999 and had our Dale trash talks since I was big Dale Jarrett fan.

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7 Comments

Reply the immortal scurds
7:59 AM on June 20, 2012 
thats a`sad story. i know 2 who survived leukemia and 1 who didnt. all 3 tough as nails.
Reply Ferociousjane
10:21 AM on June 20, 2012 
A bitter sweet tribute to a young life lost too soon. I change my avatar rather often ( women can be indecisive) but I'll post up a Devils logo just for your godson.
Reply vapor5
12:51 PM on June 20, 2012 
scurds- Definitely tough!

fj- "Indecisive women"--i'll plead the fifth :wink:
Reply Ferociousjane
1:34 PM on June 20, 2012 
I shouldn't have said that about women because men can be just as fickle ;)
I do like your new avatar though!!
Reply vapor5
2:14 PM on June 20, 2012 
fj- You devilish lass, males are always decisive---LOL!
Reply Galfur
9:02 PM on June 20, 2012 
Difficult story to read, and that is half way around the world from living through it. Good for you for being there, remembering and sharing. Amazing how some kids show the rest of us what bravery is, grace under fire. Here's to your godson, the Devils, 3 and your lasting memories.


BTW, nice Av. When are you going to get a two-face upskirt Av? I hear they are all the rage.
Reply vapor5
10:03 PM on June 20, 2012 
galf- "two face upskirt AV" :wink: