May 28, 2005
i didn't know he was that old
Eddie Albert died today. He was 99 years old. I knew that he'd been around forever in movies and television, but I didn't realize that he was that old. He didn't look 99.
I spent a few hours over at my mama's house today. Three of my May 23rd birthday family members showed up for a mini-party. We ate hot dogs and hamburgers and told tall tales the way we always do. I come from a long line of good storytellers.
My cousin Madison (born on May 23rd) made a tiara for my grandmother (born on May 23rd) to wear as Queen of the Ball, and of course Mommie wore it. My brother (born on May 23rd) also was there. It was a lot of fun.
I got there a little early and my Aunt Peggy asked (in between saying "you need to eat something. Here. Try THIS! Eat some of THIS! Rob, are you sure you don't want some of THIS?" If you don't eat like a hog around Peg, she worries about you.) "Rob, is it difficult for you to come over here, to your mama's house?"
I gave her a truthful answer. The drive over there is difficult for me, because I am NOT in the best of health nowdays. That's a 60-mile round trip from where I live and I despise the traffic in Savannah, especially on the Southside. I also know that I look like Fido's ass compared to what I was four years ago.
But walking into that house is NOT difficult for me. The place is full of memories--- most of them very, very pleasant. I miss my mama, but I am happy with the way she died (if such a thing is possible). She was herself right up to the end, and if you've got to go, that's how to do it.
I think Eddie Albert did the same thing.
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