I realize when I give my wife the treatment she prefers and my children the treatment they prefer (I don’t mean letting them watch TV and eat ice cream all day) and my friends the treatment they prefer and random people a kind smile that my life becomes easier to navigate. Whether you see it as me greasing the wheels or as a person improving upon the energy and general mood around himself the out come is the same. Life is better when you care about others. Even more so when you attempt to understand their view of things.
I wanted to write an account of a conversation or some words that Henry spoke to me to show everyone how enjoyable it was to talk to him or how wise he was. Unfortunately, nothing comes to mind. I realize though that if you want to see his true wisdom it’s in his actions.
Henry was the quintessential “simple man”. He was not into extravagances. He had a small furniture restoration business. He liked old movies and c-span and was perfectly happy watching them on an old tube TV. His vehicle always trumpeted practicality over flashiness. He enjoyed taking short bike rides to the end of the street and back. He often opted out of large social gatherings. His clothes were whatever was affordable and simple. He always went to bed early so he could start the day early. He loved his chocolate milk. And he seemed to believe that everyone had something positive to offer.
Ill miss him but I’m so very glad I got know him and become part of his family. Rest in Peace, Henry. I hope I continue to learn from your teachings.