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