Angel Torres

Time is short but that’s all right
Maybe I’ll go out in the middle of the night
Take your hands from your eyes, my love 
Because all good things must come to an end some time
Don’t burn the day away
                         – Dave Matthews Band, Pig

I last saw him on Friday. He was attempting, and succeeding, at scaring the living bejesus out of me. While we chatted and joked, these lyrics came through my speakers. This song makes me cry every time I hear it. I struggle with my appreciation for time. For how quickly it can get away from me. I usually need to search for this song and beg my iPod to play it for me. While we chatted and joked, these lyrics came through my speaker. It seems appropriate that as I pulled away from Angel, leaving him in the rearview mirror, these lyrics were coming through my speakers.

Yesterday morning, Angel went into the hospital. He had emergency surgery on his heart. And last night, Angel Torres died.

Angel is the only person I have ever been wrong about, and I love that he has that distinction. My first instinct was to not like him. And then with his smile, his laugh, the way he always called me Wifey, and later, Lady, he quickly worked his way into my heart. He bacame one of my favorite people. I cannot wrap my head around the fact that one of my favorite people is now gone.

Our life consists of being a part of a tight fishing community. We belong to a rag tag family otherwise known as the Fishin’ Franks family.  Our family is in a lot of pain today. The fishing community has lost an amazing captain, but more importantly, an amazing man.

I am forever thankful for the Christmas party we attended on Thursday night. For the opportunity, after not seeing him for far too long, to spend some time with my friend. For laughing and talking and joking with my friend. I am forever thankful for the memory of the hug goodbye that night.

Yesterday, I baked Angel a batch of some of his favorite cookies. I have a bag of cookies sitting on my counter for my friend. I don’t know what to do with them…



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