I was asked to speak at my friend’s funeral. In my circle, I am known for writing. I enjoy writing. I am not sure I do it well enough to eulogize a friend. The good news is, my words and clumsiness will be forgotten. My friend will not be forgotten.

I am not fond of public speaking, but I can do it. I have done community theatre. Writing and speaking this seems hard. It’s hard because it’s not an act or a script and though it’s reasonable to emote, there are times and places one has to be strong. This is one of them. You can’t help lift or sustain others if everyone is lifting you.