Bacon, Old Friends, Memories, and Priorities

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Through my work with Franciscans I have found many friends in the homeless community and a few of them were active in my thoughts this morning.

After arriving home from a Forestry and Real Estate trip to the Northwoods early this morning, my wife asked me what I wanted for breakfast and Bacon and Eggs were a tasty choice.

While enjoying a slice of tasty bacon a couple of friends who have both passed on this year came to mind and a little tiff that they had.  A dispute that seemed so important to them and somewhat trivial to me, as disputes often are when watched from the outside rather than as a party to the argument.

For months I would hear complaints from one of them about the other taking too much bacon at the Saturday morning breakfast hosted by another church group at our Franciscans Downtown facility.

I never took it as seriously as they did, often smiling and suggesting that we either get more bacon so that there will be more to go around or eliminate bacon from the menu.  Neither solution seemed to suit their needs for a solution, yet the next week I would hear the same complaints.

Had any of us known that their time was so short perhaps we would have broken the bank and splurged on bacon every day.

A few months later we got word that one of these dear friends was in the hospital with Sepsis, with no hope for recovery, four days later we were saying our last good byes to this friend as the doctors removed the respirator and let him drift off.Franciscans Downtown

Not long after this the second dear friend was diagnosed with Pancreatic Cancer, and despite an amazing struggle to make the rest of his life remarkable, he also drifted off nine months later.

The last few months he was unable to eat bacon or much of anything other than shakes, we no longer talked of bacon, rather the subject was more directed toward making the most of the now, leaving a legacy of a better world, and looking forward to meeting his maker.

It's hard to keep track of the number of amazing friends that we have lost in the past few years, I miss them all.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              

This morning it was bittersweet to feel the emotions and memories come forward while biting into a slice of bacon.

If these and other friends are looking down from Heaven this morning, I hope they know how much they are missed and the lives they have touched.


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Wayne Martin
Wayne M Martin - Chicago, IL
Real Estate Broker - Retired

Good morning Bob. While you had me at "bacon", I had to read the rest of the post. Well done! Enjoy your day.

Jun 02, 2019 05:06 AM #1
Dorie Dillard CRS GRI ABR
Coldwell Banker United Realtors® ~ 512.750.6899 - Austin, TX
Serving Buyers & Sellers in NW Austin Real Estate

Good morning Bob Crane ,

Loved your title but your post more. Sometimes we don't realize how inconsequential small annoyances and differences really are in the scheme of things. I'll bet they heard you this morning and understand how much you cared.

Jun 02, 2019 05:20 AM #2
Nina Hollander
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage - Charlotte, NC
Your Charlotte/Ballantyne/Waxhaw/Fort Mill Realtor

Good morning, Bob, what a beautifully emotional post. I can feel how much you cared and your pain at the loss of your friends and became emotional myself. Anbd what a great reminder not to sweat the small stuff... none of us knows when our time is up.

Jun 02, 2019 05:47 AM #3
Barbara Todaro
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Franklin, MA
Marketing Agent for The Todaro Team

Good morning, Bob Crane too often we squabble over minor things .... it often takes a tragedy to stop us in our tracks....

Jun 02, 2019 06:08 AM #4
Grant Schneider
Performance Development Strategies - Armonk, NY
Your Coach Helping You Create Successful Outcomes

Good morning Bob - very emotional post.  I am reminded how we should be concerned about what really matters with each other not petty things.

Jun 02, 2019 06:13 AM #5
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

I love that you honor them with this post - and if bacon is the reminder of  them, then it's a good thing.  It is also a good lesson in not sweating the small stuff, and it's always small stuff, until it's not. 

Jun 02, 2019 07:10 AM #6
Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello Bob - a terrific post title and far greater in content.  A truly satisfying choice of words on the food of thoughts.   And the important things in life versus the momentary pleasures(or dsiputes of any size).  

Jun 02, 2019 09:56 AM #7
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
Arizona's Top Banana!

Bob bless you! You are a dear man and a dear friend that cares deeply about those around you. Sometimes it does seem silly to me the things people complain or argue about. Life is short and making the most of every day is the best thing everyone of us can do. My youngest brother Pete died a year ago and I know he's loving his bacon in heaven - along with those other two guys!

Jun 02, 2019 12:35 PM #8
Anna Banana Kruchten CRB, CRS 602-380-4886
Phoenix Property Shoppe - Phoenix, AZ
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Jun 02, 2019 12:36 PM #9
Leif Price
Spot Color Marketing - Portland, OR
Content Marketing Specialist

The bacon caught my eye and went on to read the post. Emotional trip down memory lane and good prioritization of what is important versus some petty things.

Jun 02, 2019 06:58 PM #10
Roy Kelley
Realty Group Referrals - Gaithersburg, MD

Thanks, Bob, for sharing some of your memories.

I have recently received news that several old friends have passed away. It is a shame that we had lost contacts.

Jun 03, 2019 05:05 AM #11
Joan Cox
House to Home, Inc. - Denver Real Estate - 720-231-6373 - Denver, CO
Denver Real Estate - Selling One Home at a Time

Bob, wonderful heartfelt post, and sorry to hear about your friends.

Jun 06, 2019 04:55 AM #12
Debb Janes EcoBroker and Bernie Stea JD
ViewHomes of Clark County - Nature As Neighbors - Camas, WA
REALTORS® in Clark County, WA

So happy to see Anna featured this in the Tude. 

Jun 08, 2019 08:22 AM #13
Rose King
David Tracy Real Estate - Friendswood, TX
Friendswood / Pearland / Houston Bay Area

I love this post, Bob, and your sweet sentiment! After we lose someone special, any disagreements we had with them seem so unimportant. I hope your friends are enjoying a big plate of bacon together in Heaven! 

Jun 15, 2019 07:36 PM #14
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