In the last scene in the movie Sleepless in Seattle, Jimmy Durante’s song “Make Someone Happy” is playing…

“Make someone happy, make just one someone happy, and you will be happy too.”

My Uncle Norman passed away last week and Friday was his memorial service. During the service, another Uncle spoke. This particular Uncle, an ex-priest, is quite eloquent as you might imagine. That, and he has an amazing way of telling a story that simply draws you in.

He started his story about Uncle Norman by quoting Jimmy Durante as I have done above. He then went on to tie in specific examples of how my Uncle Norman lived his life making people happy – and, as a result, he was happy too. He was a very content man. He never got caught up in trying to make more money than Mr. Jones, or drive fancier cars or live in bigger houses. Family and friends were his pot of gold – and he did everything in his power to make sure those around him knew they were loved by him.

I am truly blessed to have known him and will forever be grateful for the example he set. Make someone happy – just one someone happy – and you will be happy too. Rest in peace, Uncle Norman. Much love.

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