It’s not often we tell people how much they mean to us on this side of the grave. Quite often we reserve our reflections and sentiments for when the people we love are gone. That wasn’t the case yesterday as the people of Grayson turned out to lavish love on one of their favorite citizens.
They came by the hundreds, dressed in ball caps and uniforms, eye-black and sunscreen, to stand in line and say farewell to Ski Bob Wright. Men and women, boys and girls stood in the sun to make one last memory with him, complete with the sno-ball flavor of their choice. Only this time, the treats were on Ski Bob–his way of saying thanks for the memories.
Children came with cards and hugs, adults came with gratitude and emotion, but everyone came for the same reason: to show love to the family who made afternoons in Bay Creek Park a little cooler and a lot sweeter.
Ski Bob was joined by his wife, Lynn, and daughter, Bobbie Lynn, in receiving well-wishes and heartfelt thanks. The line for the reception began forming well before 1:00 and was still nearly 100-deep when the 3:00 ending time came. No one seemed interested in giving up their spot and no one seemed bothered by the wait. The opportunity to bless someone who’d blessed them was too precious–and the free sno-balls were just an added bonus.
Pictures from the afternoon are in the gallery below. Feel free to leave a message to the family in the comments below.