So yesterday was a bittersweet day. A great man, Naval officer, husband, father and American was laid to rest. I tried hard to be there, but I just couldn’t swing it. So I took myself down to the local Irish Pub and set about remembering him, and telling anyone who would listen, about Captain Carol LeFon, Neptunus Lex, or just Lex to those who knew him and followed him online.
There was Corned Beef consumed, and many glasses of Guinness, and shots of Paddy’s Irish, with a nice glass of Red Breast for to finish it off. Dessert was 800mg of Advil and a large container of water before hitting the rack.
There is hurt in my heart for him, his friends and family, and also some in my head from celebrating his life. But that shall pass. His memory shall not, as long as we remember him, and pass along his writing and the stories he so wonderfully told. In them, and in our hearts, he’ll live on.
Time passes, and all of us shall pass. In Henry V, Feeble remarks that “we all owe God a death”. Richard Sibbes, a medieval theologian wrote a short discourse upon death, which I feel holds true here.
“We cannot live long in this world.
We owe God a death.
We owe nature a death.
The sentence of death is passed upon us.
We cannot enjoy the comfort of this world long.
And for favour and applause of the world,
we must leave it,
and it will leave us,
we know not how soon.
And this meditation should enforce us to be willing,
however it go with us,
for anything here, for life, or goods, or friends, or credit and reputation, or whatsoever,
to be willing to seal the cause of Christ
with that which is dearest to us.”
– Richard Sibbes –
And so we shall each go on, filling each day as it comes to us, and living our lives as best we can, because that is what we each must do. And we will remember our friends, our shipmates, who have gone before, so that we too shall be remembered by those who follow in our stead.
God Bless ya, Nep Lex. May the angels fly your wing, and bring solace to those left behind.