I had another blog post for today.

I had another blog post for today.

I can’t post it because I’m not in the mood to laugh with others. It would be a fake laugh. I started a blog post last night. It was about Scott quitting the school PTA.

That’s when Scott got the call.

Scott: WHAT!

I stopped typing. My stomach dropped. Something bad happened. I could hear the shock and sadness in Scott’s voice. I stared at Scott. Scott caught the questions in my eyes.

Scott: Chris Mentzel passed away suddenly. Maybe heart attack.

Me: WHAT!

Scott hung up the phone.

Me: What? We just hung out with him. No, he didn’t.

Scott: That’s all Matt said. Oh wow. I just want to text Chris…ask if this…if this is for real.

Me: We just saw him at happy hour last week. He sat across from us. I can still hear his voice. There’s no way. He was here. Here. In front of me. I can touch him.

Scott: This doesn’t make any sense.

Me: He was so fit! He played hockey. No, this isn’t right. What is he, like, 32 or something?

Scott: But there’s nothing on his Facebook.

Me: I’m looking too. His Facebook looks normal? There’s no way.

We scrolled through his pictures. Hockey photos. Weddings with suits and beer. Happy hours. Work events. The pictures showed Chris talking and laughing. He smiled for selfies. His laugh pierced the air. His voice deep.

It hit us.

Scott teared up. We were flipping through photos of a complete life. 

Me: I don’t understand…

Scott: I texted him a few days ago. He was fine. I don’t get it. 

Me: Chris joked with Hunter about Emma’s height when we bowled with him. He said she’s going to be taller than him. And Kate wouldn’t say hi to him so he just laughed and waved. He was just here in front of us.

I shut my eyes. I put myself back in the bowling alley. There he was.

Me: I stood up and hugged him goodbye. He left the bowling alley before we did, remember?

I hugged Chris Mentzel goodbye.

He left before we did.

17 thoughts on “I had another blog post for today.

  1. Sorry for your loss, Burtons. Death is so unforgiving and unbelievable at times like this. My prayers go out to you guys and the rest of his family and friends. I can picture the type of young man he was from your words and imagine that he was a pretty great guy.

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  2. It’s not just a saying; life truly is precious because it is far from infinite.
    I watched my father-in-law pass and it broke part of me. Forever.

    But Chris Mentzel left echoes behind, Julie. Take stock of them. Listen to them. Let them comfort you as you celebrate his life rather than mourn his death.
    Be well, my friend with the beautiful soul.

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  3. Cheryl says:

    My heart goes out to you and your family, Julie. It’s true that you just never know what’s around the corner. My daughter is a cardiac certified ER nurse. She says it’s getting more common now that they’re seeing patients in their 30’s and 40’s with heart attacks. It’s truly disturbing.

    Death leaves a heartache no one can heal. Love leaves a memory no one can steal. Hold on to the all the good memories.

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    • Thank you. I just don’t understand how a healthy person could drop dead. It’s so shocking. And scary. I’m reminding everyone to get their heart checked. Maybe he is a warning for everyone he knows. I don’t know…

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