Chris called me last night and told me he had some news. I was of course waiting for him to give me some good news.. like I will be a new Auntie again!!! No.. that wasn't the news he had for me.
He told me that Joe died.
Joe Joe was my best friend when I was 3 years old. We played together all the time. He only came over 1 time to my house and my parents told me that he wasn't allowed to come over anymore. I couldn't understand. He was Joe.. my best friend.
For years we would play together and he always came and called on me and we would hang out all the time. He wasn't just my friend he was friends with every kid on our block.
As I got older I knew he was different. Not too sure what it was but something. As the other kids on my block got older they started to make fun of him all the time. They would call him names and were just mean. I use to stick up for him and I remember one day telling him if anyone bugs you Joe.. come and tell me.
You see.. Joe was a 45 year old mentally challenged man. His mentality was about 5 or 6 I believe.
His mother looked after him the best she could.. but she was very old and I can imagine how hard it was for her to look after him.
He use to carry around this silver walk man all the time. If you were to ask him who gave it to him he would say so proudly "my brother"
And if you asked him when he got it he would again answer so proud "last week". Even though he had that walk man for as long as I knew him.
Joe taught me to ride a two wheeler. My mom use to get upset because he would run as fast as he could holding the back of my seat and wouldn't let go cause he didn't want me to get hurt and his heart wasn't very strong. But he did it.
I know me and my family have had a lot of Joe stories and I know we would laugh at them.. but for us it wasn't mean or malicious.. it was all out of love for him
I haven't seen him in many years. At least 4, but I am sad today I will truly miss my first friend.
Char wrote about Joe sometime last year. She writes a lot better then I do.. so to get an idea of our life with Joe in it take a look at her post.