Local Icon laid to rest Friday. He was 58. Billy Thomure was killed in a tractor accident while mowing on the Levee.
Sad. So sad. Sad in any circumstance. Unbelievable sad and tragic when you take a moment to wonder how in the World will Life move on for his wonderful family.
It just does. Onward, it goes, having no control over when the final curtain falls. That’s Life. Part of the cold, cruel irony of existence.
Grief is sad. Thinking of sad stuff makes us grieve. But, it’s a necessary component of dealing with tragedy; Life and all that comes with it…
So, while we are blessed to have the day to Live it’s up to us what to accomplish; what to achieve; what to dream for…and Live for.
Getting to just take part in a small way with the Ep Eagles 12 & Under team playing in the 2016 Cal Ripken Major/60 World Series in Monticello, AR, it’s a blessing in its own way.
Ep has a rich Baseball tradition.
*Each year our East Prairie Little League teams would caravan by Bus to old Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals. It was a tradition a- yearly trek – even back before the days of I-55 and with the seats as high in the nosebleed section you could get.
We didn’t care. It didn’t matter where we sat. For most of us, those long winding rides in the non-AC buses were the first time we’d ever been out of the Prairie and in the City.
And, because of those ventures and early trips I haven’t stop going to baseball games in St. Louis.
Tradition and Baseball go hand in hand. The old tradition in Ep was going to the game and watching. Now, it seems the objective may be changing. The goal being playing at Busch Stadium.
One can always dream. Baseball folks do that a lot. Remember, they made a pretty good movie about it.
This group of Youth – and their Families – are making singular memories for Life. They will always remember where they were; what they did and who they met. Maybe, future teammates at a college or professional team one day.
But, before we get that far, take joy in what you’re doing now; appreciate it and be thankful.
It seems I says this more often these days but it’s worth repeating:Love those who Love you Daily; tell them and hug them, if you can. #YouNeverKnow
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