It's been a long time since I've posted on the HSBBW ... my apologies but I do want to share something special with the members of the HSBBW. This morning I made a trip from Jackson, TN to St. Louis, MO to pick up a new Jeep I had just purchased. I was going to ride with a "driver" to make a "dealer swap". This way I could spend the day reading the instruction book on the high tech electronics and see and ride in my new Jeep as it rolled off the parking lot for the first time.
Most "drivers" that make the dealer swaps are older retired men looking for a few $'s and something to do. My driver was no exception. His name was Lloyd, 76 years old with a flowing white beard. He explained he also played Santa Clause in the winter months. I'm sure he was a perfect Santa as he came across as a very caring individual. He and I chatted about the weather, politics, baseball, photography and our families. He explained he had a grandson that was a pretty good ball player that had played a year of minor league baseball with the Cincinnati organization. I too explained I too had a son that used to play baseball. The conversation continued as the miles slipped by... This gentleman was a treat to talk to. I asked about his children and his grandchildren. He went into depth as he described each one and the place each one occupied in his heart. After he described each one he paused and cautiously added: ..... "I also had a son that was killed throwing batting practice"..... It hit me like a ton of bricks! Yes, I spent the day with Mr. Lloyd Taylor, the father of Jeff Taylor, (HSBBW'S own "JT" that lost his life doing what he loved most after his family and God ... baseball.)
A special day for me and for Mr. Taylor. His final words to me will linger in my mind for many years .... "Thank you for the memories of Jeff"..