“Fly high, dear nephew! And say Hi to your dad,
and my dad, and the rest of our heavenly family for me. Will ya?”
You see, Alex, 23, bought this motorcycle a couple of months ago.
He went on to meet his Maker just a ways beyond this cross.
I work for Kawasaki, and I stand for Uncle Tree.
No need to imagine how I felt.
The trail of tears ended here on Highway 210, near Richmond, Missouri.
Friends and family showed up by the numbers, which made me quite proud.
An angel in the midst is always a comforting sign.
Burning one for Alex made for a righteously appropriate goodbye.
Blowing trees is like smoking tires —
they both end up taking you to the place you’d rather be.
Alex’s Nismo 370z did likewise, but now it remains as part of his legacy,
as do his skateboards and tennis shoes, and the beautiful arrangements.
“Thank you, Lord, for blessing us with such a sweet boy.”
Richard Alexander Watson
Richard Lee Watson
11/23/65 — 9/17/12
Billy Lee Watson
8/24/31 — 6/25/16
Keith Alan Watson
Wishing you and your family peace.
Thank you, Juliette.
So sorry for your loss. A beautiful tribute to your nephew.
My sincerest condolences to you and your family, may you find peace from this tragic loss.
Thank you kindly, Mama C.
UT…beyond heartbreak, so profoundly sorry
Sorry for your loss. Earth’s loss is heaven’s gain! Prayers for your family
Thank you, George. This loss was very hard to swallow.
Thank you for the kind words. Much appreciated.
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When your heart speaks, we listen. We are reminded we are more than pack animals, which I sometimes feel about humanity.
You touched my heart, our hearts with your wounded palm. A stigmata is what I see and feel in these gorgeous words above about a gorgeous soul and souls who are all dancing in the light as we watch in awe.
Thank you for sharing, Scott. The amount of support shown on a Friday night was tremendous, and it bolstered my hope in the younger generation. It was a procession for The Ages.
Bless you, Scott.
I can’t say I know how you feel but I can say, I do know how you feel. Through the fire of transcendence we bath in a great light called hope. I am finding out also that , “We are going to be just fine.” I read a meme yesterday that said, “Be the person you needed when you were young.”
Right back at ‘cha kid. 🙂
Thank you kindly, Puzzles.
I am very sorry. We’re the ones they leave behind. Praying comfort.
So very sad. It make scares in the heart. Keep the good memory of him, they will never disappear. Stay happy, even in mourning, that he was sure that all of you should be.
Thank you for the kind and comforting words, ekurie.
Thank you much, John. Alex did love to race. The night of the accident, he was riding alone, so we don’t really know how it happened, but he rode into that tall grass, where he couldn’t recover. He ended up in those small trees, and it took 36 hours to find him. 😦 Unbelievable!
I share in your grief for the loss of one so much loved by you and your entire family. Indeed, fly high Alex.
Thank you for the kind thoughts, Barbara. ❤ Peace and luvz, UT
I’m so terribly sorry to read of this . . . your tribute is very moving. Wishing you peace and comfort.
Thank you for the kind thoughts, li’l kitty.
A such touching post.I feel it particularly close as my husband has had motorbikes since he was 15 and I was his passenger up to a couple of months ago when after over 30 years we sold our last bike.We lost atwo close friends on the way and it is hard. I m very sorry for your loss.Hope peace will come to you at the end.
Indeed, unbelievable so long time…😟
Thank you very much for the kind and comforting thoughts, Ortensia.
Sorry to hear about your friends. Peace and luvz to you. Hugz, UT
My condolences to you and your family.
Thank you kindly, Teri. ❤ Peace and luvz to you.
Hugs back atcha!
I am so sorry for your loss.
So sorry for your loss.
Thank you, K. ❤ Much appreciated.
Many thanks, Belinda.
Keith, what a beautiful tribute to our. Nephew, Alex. I too was astounded by the outpouring of love for Alex, from the many lives he touched in his short life here!! The quiet ones are often the ones who make the biggest impact!! We share the same heartache! 😓
I’m so sorry for your loss brother. We’ll be praying for you and your family.
What a tragic loss. Condolences.
Keith – this was such a tragic accident, and you were able to put aside your grief and spin out a short narrative and match it to pictures – it was a fitting and lovely tribute to your young nephew. You were fortunate to be able to be surrounded by other family and friends who simultaneously mourned Alex and that was a good start toward the healing process. (I am sorry I didn’t comment earlier – we’ve had a stormy day and I was offline a good part of today until the evening.)
I feel for you Uncle Tree. This is so sad. There is nothing worse than losing a child. Take care. Thinking of you so much xx
Not a ‘like’ as such UT, so very, very sad. Been a Biker all my life and lost too many friends and family, it’s made my heart a very hard place. Peace.
So sorry for your loss. We never know when the worst might happen but he will now be among your guardian angels and ever shining love down upon you. Blessings.
Thank you for chiming in, Susie. I wasn’t sure if a short “show and tell” was appropriate for the sad occasion we experienced, but I felt a need to say something, and I wanted to save the pictures here also for further safekeeping of the memories we all shared together.
No way did this do justice to his character or to the life he lived, or how he went about accomplishing the things he did, beyond and aside from the suffering he endured growing up. I struggled with the words, and at times, nothing seemed right, or it didn’t seem like enough.
The sense of unfairness and loss in life is something we all have to endure, and I pray those closest to Alex find peace somehow, someway.
Peace and luvz to you, sis. ❤ Take care, be good, and stay cool. Hugz, Keith
Thank you kindly, Lloyd. Your prayers are much needed and appreciated.
Thank you much, VJ. It’s been tough to move forward.
Thank you for the kind and sympathetic words, Linda.
The stage of shock encompasses a lot of space. Sometimes, one feels like closing the curtain manually, before the act is over, but hopefully, we’ll learn to walk off that stage under our own power, and in our own time frame.
Peace to you this warm summer Sunday, and hugz from afar.
Thank you kindly, Jan. Your comforting thoughts are much appreciated.
It’s been tough these last two weeks. Your comments were a much needed lift.
Peace, luvz, and hugz to you. ❤ Keith
Thank you for commenting, Brian. Sorry to hear of your losses over the years. I had a feeling you’d understand our situation as well as anyone. It was hard to swallow, and even more difficult to digest.
Peace to you today. Take care and stay safe as possible, wherever life takes you.
I pray you are right, Rasma. Thank you for that comforting thought. ❤ Peace and hugz, UT
I don’t know that one ever moves on from the loss of a young person – it is so counter the laws of nature. Take care.
Our thoughts are with you and your family, take it easy my friend.
You are welcome.
How sad to lose such a bright young person. Peace, Uncle Tree.
I agree, kind lady. Bouncing back is the only way to recover normalcy.
It’s all to easy to remain numb and unmotivated.
One’s sense of humor is the last to return, but return it will,
and we will smile and laugh once again. That I look forward to.
Thank you kindly, Deby. ❤ It was all too sad,
but the turnout was uplifting. Peace and hugz, UT
Yes, I know that feeling Uncle Tree … when I went to the E.R. with my mom on her final day of life, I thought it was a kidney stone which was giving her such pain and believed they would zap it with a laser and she’d be going home soon. It was a perforated bowel and sepsis had set in and she died 12 hours later … I was in shock because I really didn’t process what happened … it all went too fast. It is when you stop to think about it, that grief is renewed tenfold, as you said … after the initial shock wears off. I’m glad you got to be with family and friends though – that would help for sure. It was nice you had his dad and your dad in the photos as well. Your brother looked like you in my opinion. You have been in my thoughts since you relayed this tragic news,
I have no words about this weather – yesterday I had a 5K and did not go as it was raining at my house and didn’t want to walk in the rain (park is a mile away) and they called for a totally rainy and stormy day … today I had another 5K in that beautiful historic park that you liked when I spotlighted it before. The race started at 8:00 and very gray and gloomy. Just finished it and they had an after-race event, came out of the open air pavilion and it was pouring. Had saved some errands for today, so ran them in the rain. I sure hope we get some decent weather soon … we have had rainy weekends for the last six weeks and in a few days it will be Summer and we are headed back every so slowly to Winter – ugh!
I thought of you during the walk as I saw some very cool trees – this part of the park I never go through as it is kind of isolated and off the beaten path, but it was part of the route … very nice and right in the woods and many fallen trees. Hope they turn out okay – took about five pics but it was dark due to cloud cover and the tall trees. I am uploading pictures right now as I write this.
My thoughts are with you and your family, UT. Take care.
sorry to hear this UT!
I am sorry for your loss, Uncle Tree. 😪
I am very sorry to learn of such a young and wonderful life cut short. Sincere condolences.
Thank you, Amy. ❤ You take good care, too.
I am beginning to come to terms, but it’s been a long and winding road~
Thank you for your support, Tanja. ❤ Things are getting better bit by bit.
Thank you for the kind words, Margaret. ❤ Much appreciated.
just sent you some cheer from Tofino UT.
I am truly sorry for your loss. 😦
So sad. Condolences and much peace from across the pond.
How kind of you to send a sure cure, Wayne. ❤ Thank you for the much needed boost! Made me smile.
You stay careful, too, dear friend.
Thank you, Marianne. Do be careful out there.
Many thanks, Jill. ❤ It's been a real bummer to accept.
it’ll help keep the shadows at bay
Oh my I’m so sorry for your loss. What a beautiful tribute. Prayers of comfort for you and your family 🙏🏼🦋💜
Sending prayers for you and your family. Peace
Thank you for the kind words, Michelle. ❤ Much appreciated.
Thank you, young lady. ❤ You take care, too.
Sorry for your loss. Lovely tribute. Peace be with you, your family and all those that loved him.
Thank you for the kind thoughts, Lindi. ❤ Wishing you peace as well.
I’m so sorry for your loss. Condolences.
Thank you, Nicole. ❤ Much appreciated.
Uncle Tree, may the legacies of your precious nephew, brother & father live on in you – and in the hearts of all they encountered. So very sorry for your loss(es) – may their souls rest in peace in the Arms of Everlasting Love. 🌟🤗✨💜✨🌟
Thank you for the kind and comforting thoughts, Virginia. ❤ God bless you.
A mighty fine send off I would say…to a young man taken so early. I am so sorry for your loss. It seems you have quite the brigade in Heaven UT…Angels to watch over you. They are with you forever…in your heart…in your DNA. I send a hug and sincere condolences to you, my friend 😦
Thank you for the kind and sympathetic words, Lorrie. ❤ Much appreciated on this Father's Day.
Peace, luvz, and hugz to and for you today, dear friend. Take care and stay safe, UT
What a beautiful tribute you’ve done for him. I’m sure he feels blessed by it. Wishing you peace…
Thank you kindly, Steve. It helps to know you think I did this right.
Working on the peace part day by day…
My condolences to you and yours..
Much appreciated, Bobbie Ann. ❤ Thank you!
You are welcome..