Today we’ll go about our daily lives as if there is a tomorrow. Same as twenty three other people did. Twenty three people whose only crime was that they were living inside the age of insanity, where lives do not matter as much as rhetoric.
We like to say that tomorrow is not a guarantee, but for some, neither is today. This post is about the today they never got to have.
In Pittsburgh . . .
Irving Younger will grab an umbrella on his way out the door. He’ll leave a few minutes early so he can say how do to the regulars at his favorite coffee shop. He’ll share a funny story or two before making his way to Saturday service, where he’ll be the familiar face that greets Melvin Wax. These two early birds will boast about how they don’t feel a day over fifty, in spirit. Their handshake is warm and grateful; a testament to the extended family they have become.
Ninety seven year old Rose Mallinger will have a word or several for the two younger fellas as she makes her way inside. She’ll tell them the what’s what on raising great grandchildren in the age of social media. Bernice and Sylvan Simon walk inside the synagogue together, same as they did sixty two years earlier when they exchanged wedding vows in the very same place. The couple strikes up a conversation with Jerry Rabinowitz, a primary care physician whose smile brightens the room all by itself. The good doctor has raised families. He’s helped extend and even save the lives of AIDS patients. And he wears the funkiest bow-ties you’ve ever seen.
Joyce Feinberg has to ask the good doctor what in the world he was thinking when he chose his current bow-tie. In all her years as a research specialist, she thought for sure she’d seen it all until this morning. Dr. Richard Gottfried doubles down on this topic of conversation. He wonders if his wife would let him get away with such a fashion statement, seeing as how they work together.
Daniel Stein tells Richard not to push his luck and that his bad jokes are worth two strikes. A funky bow-tie . . well, that might be strike three. This gets the Rosenthal Brothers– Cecil and David- laughing as Joyce, Richard and Daniel greet them with a hug.
Meanwhile in California . . .
Sean Adler shows up to his coffee shop bleary eyed as a result of working at Borderline Bar and Grill the night before. The father of two young boys knows the thankless hours are worth it, because he’s finally living his dream and he doesn’t plan on letting go.
For Cody Coffman, he’s still figuring those dreams out. Every single day is just the beginning for the twenty two year old. This moving company gig is temporary but his desire to enlist in the Army is very real. He’s going to be more than just another kid, he’s going to be somebody.
Blake Dingman and Jake Dunham talk baseball, music and off-roading over breakfast. The two life long friends behave as if they have forever to play with and the world at their fingertips, and that’s because they do.
Sergeant Ron Helus is beginning to understand the value of endings as he nears retirement after twenty nine years at the Ventura County Sheriff’s Office. He’ll miss the job and he wonders what he’ll do with all the extra time. He figures that traveling with his wife will be a great place to start.
Mark Meza Jr. and Kristina Morisette are working their weekends away at the Borderline, along with twenty three year old Justin Meek. Forty eight hours that will drag, but that’s okay because their lives are going to prosper and bloom in quicksilver fashion before too long and it’s going to be a ride.
The kind of ride Dan Manrique is having. The Marine Corps veteran turned his battle with PTSD into a lifelong passion to help those transitioning from military life. His friend Tim calls him a ‘Saint’, which will make him a fine business partner when they open their brewery.
Telemachus Orfanos simply feels lucky to be alive, having survived the Route 91 Country Music Festival in Las Vegas last year. He wasn’t one of the fifty eight souls taken on that night, and he still struggles with what it all means. He’s thankful for his family and friends.
Which is something Alaina Housley can relate to, being thankful. Because she’s going to spend the weekend with the actress Tamera Mowry-Housley and her journalist husband Adam. The Pepperdine freshman just calls them aunt and uncle. Friends, family and a bright future, Alaina has it all.
Noel Sparks is going dancing with friends tonight. She loves to be out there on the dance floor because it feeds her restless soul. Her friends insist she’ll be the first to marry because those beautiful blue eyes are gonna put a spell on someone. But Noel just wants to dance tonight. As far as all that other stuff goes?
She has a lifetime to figure it out.