the room was hot.
people dressed formally, as befitting a funeral.
considering his warmth and informality.
(He would have been wearing a Notre Dame golf shirt, maybe, and shorts.)
Smiles through tears.
Crumpled tissues -- a purse full.
Notre Dame colors everywhere (his favorite).
So small to be surrounded by so many hundreds of mourners.
I remembered how he shouted into the microphone that she
-- his dainty, modest, gentle wife --
was "Smokin' HOT!"
at the church Christmas dance.
(He loved her unabashedly.
Loudly, exuberantly, ridiculously, proudly.)
And my favorite part of today
-- the slideshow of his life --
because in it,
at the very end,
I heard him laughing.
as only Rick could laugh.
Loudly, exuberantly, ridiculously, proudly.
(He was a great one for laughing.)