Remembering a friend: reblog from 7-18-14. because it is Jason’s birthday

I found out yesterday that a dear online friend had passed away…..Jason was a lovely young man that I met through an online game.  He had a wonderful sense of humor….bitingly sarcastic at times, sweet and innocent at others. He spent many a day simply thinking up jokes to keep us laughing in our game chat, and was astonished when we snickered as he attempted to be “serious”…..

Jason had a lust for life that is difficult to describe, and wanted so badly to leave a mark on this Earth……he raised people’s awareness of the issues surrounding the LBGT community, laughed off some people’s ignorance and fear and simply stated his position firmly.  He was passionate about saving the Earth from the ravages of human living…..and got involved in causes from fracking for oil to GMO foods and seeds.

Jason had a sweetness about him that is difficult to describe. A person after meeting him (or in my case talking with him) simply wanted to hold and protect him from the awful things we humans do to each other.  We rejoiced with him when he had a business success, we grieved with him when things didn’t go the way he hoped. We rejoiced when he got a job he wanted……we cried when he lost it……we helped him “name his new cool car”..(according to Jason cars have personalities and don’t work correctly when called by the wrong name)

Jason loved sweets..so long as he didn’t have to pay for them…..and somehow talked this old lady into sending him (Inter-continental mail) packages of cookies……Nutter-Butters to be exact. And it was a pleasure to mail 5 boxes of 2 dollar cookies to Canada for a mailing fee of $56.00.somehow the math added up correctly because they were going to Jason.

When I was hospitalized a few years ago, Jason called me.  He wanted to make sure I was recovering.  I scolded him for placing a call.that it was ridiculous to waste money on a call to the US, and his response was to say “I wanted to let you know….I set up a camera in the hallway…..your butt is hanging out of that gown. Do you want a few clothespins?” I burst a stitch from laughing so loudly………

When my mother passed away after a very long illness, Jason sent me some song lyrics.  I am sending them back to Jason here.

“Keep Me In Your Heart” by Warren Zevon

Shadows are falling and I’m running out of breath
Keep me in your heart for awhile

If I leave you it doesn’t mean I love you any less
Keep me in your heart for awhile

When you get up in the morning and you see that crazy sun
Keep me in your heart for awhile

There’s a train leaving nightly called when all is said and done
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sometimes when you’re doing simple things
around the house
Maybe you’ll think of me and smile

You know I’m tied to you like the buttons on
your blouse
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Hold me in your thoughts, take me to your dreams
Touch me as I fall into view
When the winter comes keep the fires lit
And I will be right next to you

Engine driver’s headed north to Pleasant Stream
Keep me in your heart for awhile

These wheels keep turning but they’re running out
of steam
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-li-li-lo
Keep me in your heart for awhile

Keep me in your heart for awhile




Jason, I will hold you in my heart forever…..not just for a while.

5 thoughts on “Remembering a friend: reblog from 7-18-14. because it is Jason’s birthday

  1. That was so beautiful, he sounded like a lovely man

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  2. Sometimes I wonder, is specially for this blog, if something would happen to me how my followers would know. I do have a few friends that live around me that I am close to that follow this blog, so maybe they would make an announcement. But I know you have to be in my blog to be able to post something. The app is always open on my phone. I think about this a lot, I should stop and enjoy the moment

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    1. I have a lady I trust to announce to the world when I am gone, that I have taken off for a new adventure..she is also my computer geekette that keeps the blog running. At home, so people will know, I have a booklet with my personally written obit (only want the really important silliness posted after all) with all admin passwords to social media including the blog. So if perchance someday you see “Suze has begun an incredible new journey” you shall know I have left the room. I am still trying to figure out just how to take my laptop with me when I die so I can blog from wherever I end up! ;P

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      1. I love it! That is some kind of a project to try to attempt. Writing my own obituary. Scary, but cathartic….I’ll obsess about death more than I already do. But what an interesting idea. I have a generalization of the final sentence
        To my obit—Gretchen (Marie, like those close to me refer to me), wants y’all to know…if there is any, ANY possibility or any way that I can check on y’all and be with you after I am gone physically, please know that I am always there and I love you, for you have made my life.
        That’s truly what I feel. The people I love are so important to me, if I love you, or you are in my life and I choose to love you, your importance to me is so immense. On the flip side, if you don’t much matter to me, I can not give you a second thought (but still wish you well, ya know). Funny comment about your laptop!!

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  3. And your online friendship was wonderfully described, my sympathies.

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