On February 22, 2012, Andrew Breitbart‘s second to last radio show he guest-hosted for Dennis Miller, he talked about the quick passage of time. He said if you ever want to slow time down, stare at the clock like you did in grade school. Time goes by so quickly that we don’t even know what day it is. He said, “If someone asked me the date, I’m usually about 3 or 4 days off.” Staring at a school clock will slow everything down, he assured us.
Sadly, we lost Andrew shortly after midnight on March 1. I first heard of Andrew way before the James O’Keefe/Hannah Giles sting on ACORN. I met him on Facebook in the fall of 2008 when I first joined the Dennis Miller Zone (DMZ), the message board for the radio show. Andrew was a member of DMZ just like the rest of us.
I saw him online one day on Facebook and chatted with him. All he talked about was how Dennis was his idol and he couldn’t believe that he’s guest-hosting his radio show. Shortly after I posted that I’d be sure to call in one day. He was afraid he wouldn’t have a lot of callers,
On December 19, 2008, I called to ask him how he breaks up fights among his 4 young children. I held on for an hour. I didn’t mind it really, I just had to use the bathroom bad and I didn’t know exactly what time I’d go on air. I was afraid I’d go on at the exact time the toilet flushed (which Erik Estrada later did in a phone interview with Dennis on-air!).
Then I heard the click and excitedly said, “This is Terri Jones, I’m one of your Facebook friends!”
To which he replied, “I know who you are!”
I asked my question but he said when it came to parenting ask his wife because he’s never changed a diaper. I would have responded with amazement that his wife was the only diaper changer but I didn’t want to expand on that topic with a full bladder.
He did, however, have a strategy for breaking up fights which was to sit his kids on the stairs until they resolved their differences. The show rewarded me with “Call of the Day” that day. I like to think it was because out of pity for holding on for so long in more ways than one.
Though this was more than 3 years ago, it’s like it just happened. When someone dies you don’t really measure time. You just remember those moments like they are still happening and they never ended.
Tonight, I think I’ll get my analog clock and just stare at it for a while, like I did back in grade school.
Today, August 4, is my parents’ 55th anniversary. They got married in a Hernando, Mississippi courthouse in 1956 after knowing each other for only 10 days. 55 years later, my dad writes this to his life-long partner:
Ode to My Wife Uva Nell Lassiter-Fortney
by Robert Fortney
A hammer and saw you cannot use
A shirt without buttons you avoid like the flu
For you a road map is shade
You care for your family and house like they are royalty.
Then you act like we deserve it.
Of course we don’t.
But MOTHERING is something you do.
You cook, clean, pet and soothe our hurts and fears away.
Most of all you love us one and all.
So you are already in the Mother’s Hall of Fame
And as your partner through these years,
I count it an honor and privilege to grow old with you.
As it was in our vows,
“‘Til death do us part,”
I LOVE YOU UVA NELL,
The singer/songwriter Don McLean was correct when he wrote February made me shiver/With every paper I delivered/Bad news on the doorstep/I couldn’t take one more step. Organ donation makes this month at least a little warmer.
I’m not very good at this time of year because my 46-year-old brother died of a brain aneurysm on Feb. 13, 2008. He suffered the aneurysm on the 12th but was kept alive for 24 hours for harvesting organs.
From what I’m aware of, he donated his kidney to a 26-year-old who waited for 13 years. He also donated his corneas and his veins for bypass procedures.
According to the website organdonor.gov, 109,719 people wait for an organ. 18 people die each day waiting for an organ. 1 organ donor can save up to 8 lives. This site makes it super-duper easy to register. Click on the upper right hand corner to register with your state.