Speak Softly and Carry a Big Heart

(Below is a re-post of one of my earliest postings to this blog from back in mid-2010. I’ll occassionally re-post something to give newer followers an opportunity to see it without having to wade through many old posts to find it.)

A friend who passed away several years ago was about 30 years older than me and lived large right up until his passing. He loved to surf and did so decades beyond the age when most people stop doing such strenuous activities.

Mel looked more like a retired business person than a surfer. He was soft spoken and a real gentleman. He had a mustache and an impish grin. For many years after his retirement he tutored students to help them to become successful in subjects with which they were struggling. He could be tough but tempered it with love.

He had a saying that I’ll never forget:

“Speak softly and carry a big heart.”

He not only said those words, he lived by them. They are part of a legacy of love that he left with so many people whose lives he touched. Mel, and his legacy, will be remembered long after he is gone.

I’m glad Mel was in my life. He made it a richer experience.

About russtowne

I'm awed by the beauty of nature and the power of love and gratitude. Some of my favorite sensory experiences include waves crashing on rocky shores, waterways in ancient redwood and fern-filled forests, and rain. My wife and I have been married since 1979. We have 3 adult children and 5 grandchildren. I manage a wealth management firm that I founded in 2003. My Beloved is a Special Education teacher for Kindergartners and First Graders. I'm a published author of approximately 60 books in a variety of genres for grownups and children.
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