In Loving Memory of a friends step-dad who died a year ago this week.
He was your step-dad and had passed away.
That weekend you spent traveling home.
You would travel straight through the day.
When you got there, would call me on the phone.
I was ready for the call, the phone rang, you sounded alone.
Though the moment was a solemn one,
The sound of your voice said it all, you were glad to be "home".
And there were arrangements that had to be done.
The office work couldn't wait, we functioned as part of a team.
We worked as fast as we were able.
I needed you and you needed me.
A part of each others lives, suspended by a telephone cable.
When you came back you gave me his obit and said "He took care of her" (your mom), these words were to be.
And this tribute to him, I'll never forget.
Because I knew his step-son, and the hero he was to me.
In an instant I knew him like we had met.
In memory of Walter B. Hood
Born: April 13, 1913, died Jan. 15, 1999.