Friday, September 10, 2010

A tribute to David

While we were in Tulsa, we thought it would be fun to swing by our old house and say hello to our favorite neighbor, David.  We hadn't seen him since we left, and although we emailed for awhile, we hadn't kept in touch very well.  I emailed to tell him we were pregnant, but I never heard back from him.  I was excited for him to meet Monroe.  

When we pulled up, we noticed a different car in the driveway, but the big metal "M" still hung on the chimney and the house was still meticulously and beautifully manicured.  When we went to the door a woman answered.  We asked if David Mudd still lived there and she sadly told us that she was David's sister and that he passed away in May.  

I have to say that I was completely speechless.   Our sweet friend is gone and I am so sad.  He was a very private man who rarely opened up to many people.  He lived alone.  No, actually he wasn't alone, he lived with is beautiful dog, Ruby.  She was an airedale terrier.  He got her when she was a puppy, and before we knew it she was a full grown beast that pulled him around the neighborhood.  She was so stubborn, but David loved her and was so loyal to her.  It didn't seem to matter how bad she was, he was so proud and diligently walked her every night.   

Somehow we connected and would spend hours sitting outside talking about the most random stuff...mostly home improvement stuff.  He loved to talk and it was hard to get away when you got started. He quickly became like a fatherly figure to us.  He was always there to help us with advice on home stuff and always knew the newest neighborhood gossip.    

As sweet and kind as David was, I knew that he was a sad person.  I remember many times contemplating inviting him to Church, but I feared I would push him away, so I didn't...if only I had.  

David Mudd, you were a wonderful person and a loyal friend.  You will be greatly missed.  My whole family knew you and appreciated your kindness.  You will never be forgotten.  

David Mudd 

1 comment:

Melissa said...

Thanks for sharing, Steph. Beautiful.