Sunday, January 31, 2010

framing a life (lyn)

This afternoon is DJ’s memorial service.  Ironically it’s in the same exact room where I saw The Jackie Look last night.  Instead of seeing photos of the former first lady on a big screen as I walk through the door, I see pictures of DJ.

About 70 of his friends have come together to celebrate his life.  Hors d’oeuvres and drinks are offered in abundance.  I have only one small beef Wellington appetizer and two glasses of seltzer water.  But today is not about the food.

Fourteen people, including myself, speak.  And each speaker brings another dimension to the dynamic mosaic of DJ’s life.  There are beautiful and funny and touching anecdotes.  There are remembered moments from his times as a choir boy in Scranton Pennsylvania to his march on Washington this past October for gay rights equality.  He is remembered for his beautiful work as a creative director as well as his love of culture.  But most importantly, people speak of Don’s kindness, empathy, and humor.  He lit up every room he entered.

The venue today is much better used than it was last night. It’s really a shame that we can’t attend our own funerals.  DJ would have loved this one.

No comments:

Post a Comment