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18 Years Ago Today

18 years ago now. HM is suddenly gone, forever.

I remain, however, and am more or less in the same place in terms of dealing with the loss of the great HM/ET Bass.

Each passing year means that (naturally and obviously) more healing time has gently placed itself between the physical loss and my emotions. It’s a good thing, actually, and I’m fully committed to accepting it. After all, what choices do I have? I suppose I could resist it and maintain a life full of darkness and pain, constantly denying reality. But that’s a super hard road and kinda stupid!
Not for me.

Instead, and not unlike the movie “Otto” with Tom Hanks, 18 years ago I was handed a heavy set personal life choices.

Bottom line: my father would be glad to know that under the circumstances of his loss, I am as happy as can be, apparently able to successfully navigate both the harsh and calm conditions that make up the vast ocean of his love and legacy.

He made such a deep impression on so many of us.

I’m truly blessed to be the person writing about him.

I will always love you, dad.


{ 4 comments… add one }
  • ken sweat May 21, 2023, 4:22 pm

    He will always be remembered.

  • ken sweat May 21, 2023, 4:23 pm

    One and Only!

  • David Browning The Mayberry Deputy May 21, 2023, 7:40 pm

    You are the son he would have wanted. I know in my heart that Howard is so proud of you. You are the only one who could cherish and protect the legacy of this huge talent. I am so honored to call you both friend.

  • Michael May 22, 2023, 9:30 am

    I’m glad you post each year and I get to think about one of my favorite … and one the greatest … comedic actors!
    It doesn’t get any better than Kelp’s father (“my poor Dada”) and ETB!

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