If you are a writer …… when you stare death in the face you have to write about it.  And that was today in Legislative Hall.

Everyone dies…..

But not everyone truly …lives….

And without question, Beau Biden had a really full life for a man of 46 years.  It is that we should celebrate simply because it is exceptional… Many of us tonight still walking this earth, in the remainder of our lifetimes could not accomplish what this fellow has…

And I think we need to celebrate that…. Here was a man who lived well. Married well. Had a wonderful family.  Served his country in Afghanistan. Ran the Attorney General’s office better than many of recent memory…..

If he could do it… so can we… we are all mortals… the root of which comes from the Latin word for death….  He didn’t sit on his butt.  Perhaps we do…

And that, is what we should celebrate….. That here on this planet was a man who cheated death once as a little boy, and was determined not to cheat himself out of one moment of living knowing it could go at any time…. He lived a good life. Though we grieve for what could have been, had cancer not called his number, we must remember that like him many Americans have gone before and died prematurely.  Not all of them lived as well as he.

If each of us can carry a little of the fire he had, and muscle through the grind of every new day with passion in remembrance of him,  then his spirit lives on, here on earth, as it does in heaven…..

Amen.

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