Happy Retirement, Uncle Ed.

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Services for Real Estate Pros with Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina

So I've got this Uncle and for years he worked at our local college in Clarion.  I suppose if you were to chalk up hard work over ones lifetime, he'd be cemented in the annals as one those guys.  I always knew he was one of those guys, yet he was and is a bit more special to me than work ethic alone.

When I approached the often times trying years of teenage zits and pubic hair unaccompanied by the wisdom that should grow with it, I felt awkward and often times alone.  While fine with the latter, every family get together made me smile because I got to look into my Uncle Ed's eyes.

In those eyes, I saw a man, an imperfect one, like myself, who probably used too many commas in his sentences as well.  And in those eyes, I took comfort.  His sense of humor was one of the few that actually made me LOL, before LOL was the proverbial catchphrase in the forum you may now be reading.  I'm not sure about you, but I don't "LOL" nearly much as I may lead on.  But Uncle Ed affected me in that way. 

It's difficult to try to write anything about a man you would just rather hug, cause I probably didn't do it the last time I was there.  At least, not enough.  Don't get me wrong, I shouldn't be humping his leg or anything ... but mad props go out to a guy I'm pretty fond of.  I think part of my fondness for Uncle Ed is our similarities ... I've never saw him cry but am damn sure he does it as passionately as he laughs.  And he legitimately cares about people ... which I would dare say is more common than not with most, but I experienced first-hand that type of care when my cousin helped give birth to his first grandchild.  I walked into the room seeing my Uncle Ed cupping that young buck in his arms as they fell into dreams. 

Sometimes, you just know ...

My Uncle Ed retired from Clarion College and the work-force as we know it just recently.  When I heard the news, I automatically traced my synapses to ensure what I was feeling was genuine ... and it was ... and is.  The guy is a legend in my mind.  And while that may not mean squat to some, Uncle Ed means the world to me. 

Happy Retirement, Sir.  And remind Sue that if she flies, I dance.  However we can get together, let's freaking do it!

 

Comments (20)

William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Happy retirement Uncle Ed!

Jason,

If it's above your navel it's not pubic hair.

It's running nasal hair.

Think about it!

You're much more likely to wipe it than scratch it.

Bill

 

Jun 22, 2010 11:07 PM
Jennifer Monroe
Savvy + Company Real Estate - Charlotte, NC
Real Estate REALTOR®/Broker in Beautiful Charlotte

Your Uncle Ed is a sweetheart and I wish him years of happiness and peace and a little orneryness while Aunt Sue is at work :)

I believe this is said photo... and I concur, sometimes you just know...

Uncle Ed & Baby Sydney

Jun 22, 2010 11:51 PM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

Beautiful.  All of it.  Great tribute, Jason.  Make sure your Uncle Ed sees this : ) 

Jun 22, 2010 11:57 PM
William James Walton Sr.
WEICHERT, REALTORS® - Briotti Group - Waterbury, CT
Greater Waterbury Real Estate

Concurring with Tanya, Sardiman. Print him a copy if he doesn't have e-mail. This is so genuine, I can feel it. Having someone in your life like that is rare, so I count you among the fortunate.

Jun 23, 2010 12:56 AM
Steve Loynd
Alpine Lakes Real Estate Inc., - Lincoln, NH
800-926-5653, White Mountains NH

Jason , A fitting tribute to a man who gained no fame, but just did his job and cared. Nice Photo Jennifer- you are right it does say more about ones character than the written word.

Jun 23, 2010 01:23 AM
C. Bartch
Newark, OH

Jason, you're fortunate to recognize & appreciate a dear person in your life whether it be family or a friend. Many people don't realize the the gifts they have in life. Your Uncle Ed sounds like a fine man indeed.

Have Jennifer help you out in the LOL dept.

Jun 23, 2010 01:36 AM
Alan May
Jameson Sotheby's International Realty - Evanston, IL
A moving experience!

"Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them."

                                                — Henry David Thoreau

 

you've at least sung a stanza of his song.

Jun 23, 2010 02:31 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

From One Comma Junky, To Another:

That was lovely.  Shiny people help us to be more of who we are meant to be. 

Jun 23, 2010 05:16 AM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

BTW: Alan, Thank you for the quote...I love it.

Jun 23, 2010 05:17 AM
Todd Clark
eXp Realty LLC - Tigard, OR
Principle Broker Oregon

I'm ordering you to the car right now, make the trip. If you don't you may regret it later and you never want to have any regrets in life.

Jun 23, 2010 05:46 AM
Tanya Nouwens
RE/MAX ROYAL (JORDAN) INC. / Tanya Nouwens Inc. www.readysetsold.ca - Montreal West Island, QC
Montreal Real Estate Broker & Stager

@ Alan: That was THE best quote and comment I've ever read. Thank you.

Jun 23, 2010 12:44 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Bill - Your sage advice on bodily hair is priceless.  If I had my way, I'd treat you to a Brazilian Wax Job;)

MJ - As I told you today, the fact that you still have that picture is lovely;)  That was exactly the moment that stirred my memory in writing this post.  While I didn't know you still had that pic, I suppose I'm glad someone in this family keeps things like that:)

Tanya - Uncle Ed is a pretty good muse.  Thank you.

William - True that.  I miss that whipper snapper:) 

Loynd - Had I known that she had that picture, the words would not have been necessary.

Cynthia -  A fine man he is.  As far as the LOL Department, I still shower regularly so the whole naked thing still tickles my elbow.

May - Brilliant, in many ways.

Jenna - Shiny?  I would dance with my Uncle to that very song ...

Jenna - Agreed.

Todd - You're right.  I'm planning to make that visit sooner rather than later.

Tanya - At the risk of being read rhetorical, Agreed!

 

 

 

Jun 23, 2010 03:14 PM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Jason,

My local shop, The Silly Moose, charge about $375. So just send money!

Bill

Jun 23, 2010 03:23 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

Fair enough, Bill.  But I only charge $300.

Jun 23, 2010 03:34 PM
William J. Archambault, Jr.
The Real Estate Investment Institute - Houston, TX

Jason,

I'm am definitely a hands on person, but I chose the hands!

Sorry buddy it's nothing personal.

Bill

Jun 23, 2010 03:42 PM
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life

LOL, there ... you did me in.

Jun 23, 2010 03:45 PM
Lane Bailey
Century 21 Results Realty - Suwanee, GA
Realtor & Car Guy

Nice post.  Uncle Ed has to be a pretty cool guy to have your approval. 

Jun 23, 2010 04:26 PM
Ruthmarie Hicks
Keller Williams NY Realty - 120 Bloomingdale Road #101, White Plains NY 10605 - White Plains, NY

Your Uncle Ed sounds like one in a million.  What a wonderful tribute and I hope he enjoys his well-earned retirement.

Jun 23, 2010 04:51 PM
Jenna Dixon
Momentum Real Estate Group LLC - Marietta, GA
55 & Over | New Constructions | Horse Farms

Shiny.  Hell yes, love that song.  Perfect match.  Shiny...people so good, clear, warm, real, kind, compassionate...you can see it, feel it in everything they do and say and the most awesome part is THEY DON'T EVEN KNOW THEY ARE DOING IT.  Shiny.

Jun 23, 2010 05:23 PM
The Somers Team
The Somers Team at KW Philadelphia - Philadelphia, PA
Delivering Real Estate Happiness

Great tribute Jason to Uncle Ed !  Awesome.  Life is good !

Jun 24, 2010 02:11 AM