|Timmy Norwood : RIP 4/3/11 Photo Credit: Deb McCormick|
Yesterday, my phone was on the charger, my cell phone, so I don't answer it while it is charging because the last phone I had cost me $75 to replace under warrenty for doing that , so I let it ring last night.......... I noted that it was Debbie and I would call her back when the phone charged. Then I got a text from her right after that and I could press a button and read it............ OMG.............. tears from Debbie............Timmy Norwood passed away.........details later............. son not taking it well..........and frankly .......... no one is taking it well. He was the class of 78, so I am assuming he was 51 now or round about 2 years older than me.
It is not appropriate for me to remember Timmy..........without remembering the Cassette Tape Player / Stereo in his car and the music we shared everyday. Most of my memories of Timmy are not complete without a song ........ so ........ you have to listen as you read this post to "get it."
What a great friend he was to me in school. He drove to school everyday and many days I rode with him in that green car he had. We became close that way....... on the drive from Courthouse Rd. to Clover Hill High School for 2 years ......listening to music and sometimes catching a buzz. I make no excuses we were dysfunctional, rural, tight knit group of timeless friends. It was the70's after all
We listened to music and deadened our senses and made special bonds that would last a lifetime, all while just trying to endure what hands we had been dealt, each different digits of the same hand. Some of those tunes come to mind today, "Lynard Skynard" *Freebird and "Led Zepplin's *Stairway to Heaven ........ both are the first that come to mind......... As I heard the news today.......... We lived in a special time, I know that when I look back on it nostalgically. We lived in a small town where just about everyone was your friend, or at least a friend of a friend. We lived in a time when certain bonds tied us that are not duplicated in the culture of our children , unfortunately. It is and was "Timeless"...... as I told that to my friend Debbie, who has certainly now added a new dimension to that word through her photographs. They are "our" photographs....... and our music and our love that helped us make it through the day...... I am reminded of that when I look thru my memories that I have of spending time with you Timmy Norwood.
Its funny.........the last time I actually saw you I was working in Kmart, doing a reset for a merchandising company......... in the paint aisle. I heard the voices of two of my favorite people , Ricky B. & Timmy Norwood over the paint cans. They were goofing off, laughing and talking and I recognized my friends. I said hello and got some nice warm smiles and hugs and we all said we would get "together soon." Timmy told me I needed to come over and we could all cook on the grill or something and I agreed, said it sounded like fun , exchanged numbers and never did.
A while back I watched you and your family from "afar" stalking you through cyberspace? I guess that is what its called? I made friends with your wife, Holly who you had introduced to me in a bowling alley many years ago and your beautiful step-daughter Erika and asked about you. They said you were "fine" and I became fast friends with them both, having alot in common with them both and fell in love with Holly and have a working relationship with Erika. While I stayed in touch with them through facebook....... I lost touch with you. I did see some pictures of you once at a Fourth of July Cookout with your family and friends.
You looked good, but I heard you were not doing that well, and you had to go to the hospital, I sent prayers and positive thoughts your way and asked Rusty to let you know we were thinking about you. I hoped you would join us all on Facebook or that I would hear that you were doing much better after that but I never did........... :(
I just wish that I had gotten the chance to say Hello again to you before you said "Goodbye"