OK here it is – virtual “talk” therapy. I can’t stop crying lately – I mean, at the drop of a hat, ugly cry – crying! 2017 has sucked. Didn’t we say all of this back in 2013?
First, my grandfather passed away – he was hands down my biggest (ok, & oldest!) cheerleader from way back and until the end. Terribly sad. On my dad’s birthday, and just 3 days after my 40th. I got 40 great years with Grandpa and he lived to see 90. But still…heartbreaking.
Then, my dear Aunt Betty (Grandpa’s only sister) passed away just two months and three days later. It’s like they were besties in real life and wanted to be together in heaven, too. She was with me and by my side my whole life and thru every hospitalization, so it was only fair that I stuck with her til the end. Weird how things work.
Now, Jim Vance has passed as of this weekend. Saturday morning, first thing over coffee, breaking news alert, terrible. Such a sad hard way to start the weekend. It’s like time stopped and we had to keep asking “Really? For Real? Jim Vance died? Really?”
I am forced to agree with his colleague Pat Collins here when I say, “I thought he’d never die!” Grrrrr.
It takes me right back to my dear Great-Grandmother’s living room (Ma, Grandpa & Aunt Betty’s mom). These were days before the remote and at 6 p.m. sharp it was time to change the channel to “Jim and Doreen” on the TV on the cart in the corner of the living room. You know, the safe place at your great-grandmother’s house where all of the games and toys are safely tucked underneath. I miss her terribly, too. She would hate to have to have seen her kids struggle at the end of their lives like they did, BUT she was also a HUGE (not to quote 45 or anything) fan of Jim Vance. She lived a stone’s throw from the NBC4 studios and would call in if a typo appeared (ahem!) or if a hair was out of place or an outfit clashed. She, too, would hate that Jim Vance is no longer on the airwaves.
I feel as though it’s an ultimate “over”. We watched him together, we talked about all of the NBC family on our first date. Ma wasn’t at my wedding. It’s literally like the end of an era. So many good ones gone.
Jim Vance was welcomed into any and every home I spent dinnertime in growing up. Our house, Ma’s house, Grandpa’s House, Aunt Betty’s house, and now …my marital home. Just doesn’t seem real.
I mean to say – we love you Jim Handly, we are glad you’re there, Leon Harris, and Doreen, you’re an amazing woman to have gone live on the air at 6:00 that Saturday night. I cried the whole 30 minutes. Jim was an amazing man and is watching over you, and all of NBC Washington & D.C. always. I delivered a bouquet with my mom to the NBC Studio Sunday morning and stated they were for you and hope they brought at least a little bit of a smile.
Enjoy the ride, Jim Vance as we’ve enjoyed having you in our lives!
With Love & Gratitude,
Just lil ole Lauren, on behalf of all of Washington
Fave clips of Jim compilations thus far, also difficult, as there are so many…