Here is a small notice of a brother's passing. I did not know him, but at least from the notice in the paper he was a successful and respected member of the community and had lived a good life.
William “Bill” Sloan, 57, of Enon passed away on Wednesday, June 4, 2008, surrounded by his family. Sloan attended Thomas Dale High School, where he participated in track and football. He was also a proud alumnus of East Carolina University, where he was a member of the Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity.
Now, here is my problem. This man who has passed on to his reward was a year younger than me. But that obituary was the kind they write for old men.
Nope, I am just not ready. Got too much to do, and besides I am not even close to old yet. Hell, I am just barely middle-aged. I refuse to be defined by chronology. Age ain't nuthin' but a number. ...and I'll keep repeating that until this queasy feeling in my stomach goes away.