One Last Dinner

We had the service today, one last salute for Otto from the Legion, a few hymn’s, some great memories and a few new stories. (I’m still trying to picture my husband in the middle of a food fight?).

And then dinner.

Celebrations were a huge part Otto’s life, a thing he believed in. He sent cards, notes, letters, and took you out for dinner. Dinner was mostly at the same place. It’s not the most amazing place, and certainly not the trendiest place, but it’s a good steak, great prime rib, and fried ice cream for dessert. (and they make a good whisky sour – I should know, I had 3 tonight). It’s called the Caribou and it’s an institution here in Prince George.

So we sent word to family and friends. “Come“, we said. “Come and let Otto buy you one last dinner”. One last celebration. One last time together. Friends and family gathered around several tables, the sweet and the bitter.

I wanted to make a toast, and I thought about it all day, turning words and phrases in my mind, and in the end, it was short and to the point. I wanted to say a thing that was real, that was true and that was undeniable. I found myself with few words, only these:

We loved Otto, and he loved us.

To Otto.

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13 Responses to One Last Dinner

  1. Mr. Spit says:

    Dictionary.com:
    Gentleman – A well-mannered and considerate man with high standards of proper behavior.

    That about sums it up. He set the bar high for those of us that follow.

    I miss him dearly.

  2. debby says:

    Now, that made me cry. Mrs. Spit? You managed to hit on the few words that were the most important.

    My hugs to you and Mr. Spit.

  3. Melissia says:

    Abiding with you both.
    Melissia

  4. Sharon says:

    A toast to Otto ~ May he be at peace.

  5. Maureen says:

    To Otto.

  6. HereWeGoAJen says:

    Much love to all of you.

  7. Jess says:

    To Otto, indeed.

  8. Brown Owl says:

    to Otto!

    Peace and sweet memories, for all those he left behind.

  9. Kristin says:

    I think those few words are the greatest tribute you can give.

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