He would have been even happier that Smitty and I instantly became family.
|Smitty and Jean|
Dan would have laughed that Smitty and I played phone tag on Dan's birthday and that we had to catch up to each other on the internet.
But I can see him grinning at our exchange.
I see his eyes twinkle at our lame jokes and feeble attempts at communication.
He knows that Smitty and I don't have to say anything to each other. He knows that we know.
We know what the other is thinking. Or feeling. Or just not able to express right at the moment.
It is strange but true.
I feel some of the closeness that I felt with Dan with this man that I have met twice in my life. He is now my new brother and he always will be.
Welcome to the family, Smitty. Sorry it took so long for me to say that.