And since my dad gave me my first smile of the morning (via a text in which he claimed to have found me "a date" on Youtube ... referencing, of course, this guy), this one is all for him.
We all know Jackie Robinson. We've all seen him, in video archives played in elementary school classrooms or from memories of our younger years, stand silently in the face and roar of racial prejudice and segregation. We know the stance. We remember the slide home. We name him Legend. And he was.
Robinson died of a heart attack at the age of 53 on October 24, 1972. Over 2,000 people attended the memorial--friends, family, and fans, who called him their own. The funeral service was highlighted by a short, simple, yet poignantly stirring eulogy delivered by the Reverend Jesse Jackson. The eulogy, for all its bittersweet simplicity, puts perfectly into words that to which we could all strive--to be rocks in the water, and to have lived life with beauty and courage, before finally stealing home: