She's Movin' On...
Today marks what would have been the 70th birthday of Larry Moore, my best friend since we were five years old. Unfortunately, Larry died December 19, 2003, following six-week stay in the Trauma Intensive Care Unit of a hospital in Las Vegas as a result of a motorcycle accident on his way home from that city. I've written about my friend many times since then. You can read one of those entries HERE.
Two months ago I was honored when she asked me to walk her down the aisle at her wedding to a wonderful guy named Pete Benesch - a man who looks and acts so much like my pal, Larry, that he could be his younger brother and who shares many of the great qualities that my friend possessed. He also works in public safety - the fire service - has two wonderful adult sons who were his co-best men at the wedding.
Lest you think it a little weird that he stood there that glorious morning watching Teri's former boyfriend's best friend walk her down the aisle, please understand that Pete is a VERY special guy. Not only does he understand the very special place Larry had in Teri's heart, but he embraced that common bond Teri and I share with my friend. Pete actually asked my permission to use a phrase in his wedding vows borrowed from a remembrance I wrote about my friend. As I said, Pete is a VERY special guy.