Jonathan Foust

August 19, 2008


Filed under: Observations — jonathanfoust @ 3:13 pm

Earlier this summer I was watching the local news. Someone had died and a reporter was getting reactions from people nearby. 

A neighbor said emphatically, “He will never be forgotten.”


“Oh yes he will,” I muttered to myself.


I remember as a kid with my  family doing our weekly shopping at the Kutztown Farmer’s Market. 


My dad and I walked by a used trinket table and he said to me casually, “Imagine your photo on a flea market table and someone comes to look at it — evaluating it for the value of the frame.”


The Legend of You.  How long will it be remembered?


Johnny Carson once said, “After death they say your hair and nails continue to grow, but the phone calls drop off pretty dramatically.”


What a cool dad, eh?  It was great to get random Zen stuff tossed in my direction from time to time.  He barely survived the war as a PFC and while he is guided by a keen sense of humor, an existential rawness lives just under the surface.  


That’s him in the photo. 


It’s in a really nice frame.


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