Thanksgiving 2010, the Talley family had a different kind of celebration. Instead of food being the focus, our thoughts were on giving thanks for the people still in our lives and for the life of a very special nephew, Larry Daniel Talley. Lil Larry was killed after being thrown from a motorcycle just a few blocks from his home. The graphic tribute below was created by his loving niece Indiah.
Ironically, he was taking a final spin before selling his bike that afternoon, but tragically it turned out to be his “final spin.” And, at the age of 33, he was laid to rest on Friday, November 26, 2010, surrounded by an outpouring of love rarely experienced while one is still alive.
Make Everyone Feel Special
How was he able to attract over 600 people (some say almost 1000 with those who came and left) from around the country to his funeral in less than five days? I think, probably because everyone who knew him felt his love for them. He made everyone he knew feel special. When you were around him, you knew you mattered to him. We affectionately called him ‘Lil Larry,’ but there was nothing little about him, he always had “big tales to tell, a big smile, a big laugh, and an even bigger heart. He took the time to regularly connect with everyone, family, friends, and strangers alike. Nothing was more important to him than family, he loved his family, and we knew it.
Don’t Wait to Show You Care
Why do we wait to let people know how much they mean to us until it is too late? In the funeral service held for Mrs. Frances Barnes two months prior, the choir sang a song that left a lasting impression on me. The lyrics, “Give me flowers while I can still see them; say kind words to me while I can still hear them,” still ring in my ears because of their profundity. I learned similarly profound lessons from the lives or deaths of Lil Larry, Mrs. Frances Coley, and Mrs. Jacquelyn Lefton. Reflecting on ‘what we remember’ when a loved one passes on offers important lessons for this life and how we should live. What will people remember about you? [View a video tribute of my nephew Lil Larry’s life]
I’m Barbara Talley, The Poet who speaks and inspires. To find more about me, visit: www.thepoetspeaks.com