Going to the party to Celebrate the Life of Chris Connors didn’t quite work out the way we had hoped. Yes, we did get to the York Harbor Inn, but, no, we never did get to hug Emily, my former student and his widow. That said, though we lingered for just 15 minutes among the 500 party-goers, our time there was a success. I’ll explain.
Playful to the end, the family had this sign at the lobby entrance of the York Harbor Inn that evening. The next day’s York Weekly reported that in the bathroom of their house was a roll of Osama bin Laden toilet paper. (Chris’s brother had died in the World Trade Center on 9/11.)
His younger brother said, He would say, ‘You should be bold. You should be real.’ And that’s the way he lived his life.
On the plus side, we signed the guest book and left our condolence card inviting Emily for coffee once things settled down in January. It’s a way for us introverts to connect with the family.
Thanks to Part I of the blog, we heard from our friend, Pastor Rich. Thanks for your message about Chris. I married Chris and Emily at the Harbor Beach!!!!! I will never forget it. We all stood on the beach, with stanchions in the sand creating an aisle. Emily and the bridesmaids walked down from their home, past the Reading Room and down the Cliff Walk to join us. It was simply elegant and Inspiring. Chris called the scene, “God’s Great Cathedral.” Please give Emily a hug for me!
So, we have our hugs and Rich’s hug to deliver in January. I can’t wait. In the end our evening was quite a success. You see, as Woody Allen says,
Ninety per cent of life is just showing up.