Written for: Imaginary Gardens With Real Toads – “Eulogy For A Stranger” (posted by Isadora Gruye)
Pick one stranger you encounter today and write their eulogy. Imagine their triumphs, the funny little stories that you would want to share with their family and friends. The defining moments that you want to highlight based on only your initial assessment.
Carlos spent so many years worried
about being too chubby. We all thought
he was perfect the way he was–the grin
that made lights dance in his brown eyes,
the way children were drawn to him.
Although he did not have children
of his own, he was favorite uncle
to several nieces and nephews. It was
not merely the fact that he made them
laugh–he listened. Adults felt equally as
comfortable when confiding in Carlos.
I had occasions for heart- to-hearts with him.
He always made me feel better.
I remember that first year when Carlos
played Santa Claus, and was such a natural
in the role, it became a yearly tradition.
Passengers on his bus route loved him.
He never failed to inquire about their health, or remember
little details of their lives.
Carlos was a happy man who loved life,
and we loved him. Would that we could have
loved him longer in life.