Last year for my half birthday (Shar would always celebrate my half with me at my request instead of my full cuz it’s right by Christmas) Sharry wrote me an early obituary which is incredibly thoughtful and overly positive. It was an exaggerated viewpoint for my birthday! She even titled it "jared's faux obituary2015...because i love him". I miss her so so much! I returned the favor and wrote her one on her b-day which I will share next post.
Jared Buhanan-Decker, a loving and passionate school counselor, (talented sailor), we had just used a groupon for a sailing lesson and talked about getting a sailboat if the baby thing didn’t pan out comfortable dresser, environmental activist, and easy going husband, (father), son, uncle, and friend, mysteriously passed away last Saturday, leaving only a succinct note, “apple got me.” A student gave me a dozen apples for Christmas once and I almost choked to death on one and was actually in the process of sending Shar a text “Love you forever, apple got me” when I was able to cough it up
|26 Weeks, our baby announcement pics for our family|
He taught us to always play with kids on the ground, give nieces and nephews lots of love and kisses, “hug it out” when they get bumps or bruises, and always help them jump like a kangaroo across the living room until your back is sore. Dress comfortably, she obviously loved how comfortably I dress haha wear the same pants over and over until they fail to pass the “smell test,” and only own light colored t-shirt incase it gets hot. Live simply, start breathing deeply, and strive to live in the moment- because this life is your chance to become a bodhisattva (wikipedia), so don’t waste it. never turn down a piece of blueberry pie, start every morning with a cup of hot water, and end each day with a family meditation in corpse pose. Give money to charity, and forgive immediately when someone apologizes. And most importantly, if you drink out of styrofoam cups, stop- you are ruining the earth. Totally agree here haha
Out of all the things he shared, the thing he taught us most was love. He taught us that love is more than colored hearts or delicate confections. Love means sleeping on park benches, under bike racks, and on little blue mats. Shar adventures It means scooping kitty litter, holding hands at all times, kissing three times after every prayer, and snagging an extra piece of cake from the statewide counseling conference to take home and share with your spouse. This is simply the golden rule!
Jared’s lessons in love extended to his schools, where he fought teenagers in water fights, raced them in obstacle courses, let them throw pies in his face, and embraced them when they cried. He started leadership groups, planned civil rights assemblies, and honestly believed in the next generation. He believed in the inherent goodness of human beings. He believed in others’ dreams.
He had a life-long love affair with life, and always considered the current chapter in life to be his favorite. He often referred to his job as his dream job, his wife as his dream girl, and their dented red toyota echo as his dream car. True story every year we were together was my best year ever..until now
Everyone who knew Jared was drawn into his easy smile. But it was his giant heart that saved a special space for those close to him to climb inside and build a home. I don’t have nor want a home without Sharry I don’t know how we got so lucky to have spent our lives with him, but we are honored to be his eternal companions into the unknown. In the end, we all die in an unfinished work of art, and every piece is beautiful in it’s own way. But Jared’s was a masterpiece of warm, rich hues and underlying philosophical truths. I don’t know what the next world will hold, but I know wherever we go, our murals will grow together. Because we love you Jared. And anywhere you go, you never go alone. I love this writing. The imagery is so powerful and the words so kind. I sincerely hope that we are “eternal companions into the unknown” and that wherever we go our “murals will grow together”! And I have often read this just to read her words “anywhere you go, you never go alone.”
And to their beautiful (future) children, Sharry hopes that they too will find their other half, as poetically imperfect as Jared was to her. YES with all my heart YES
In lieu of flowers, please write your senators, congresswomen, or local representatives and ask them to increase the carbon tax, repeal citizens united, and cap term limits. Haha of course this implies that by the time I die a carbon tax is already implemented.
Sharry is so amazing isn’t she!? Who writes this heart melting stuff for someone’s 32 ½ birthday? Sharry, that’s who! I will share mine that I wrote for her next, but just heads up I shared the best first haha.