The idea was that he’d make a little caricature on a piece of paper that we’d mail around to friends and they’d take pictures of it and send them back. He’d get to see far away places while staying in touch with family & friends.
I personally cannot make sense of losing Ian. We grew our businesses together, in conjunction with one another. We were peers but not & it didn’t matter. We shared a common passion and had found ways to make respective livings from it. We walked miles in the same shoes and could pick up right where we had left off with one another – even if it was 12 months later.
Some how, some way – this one REALLY stings. I find it all so incredibly sad. I know ‘men’, 47 year olds and especially race car drivers are not supposed to admit it…..but…..I honestly can’t stop crying. It sneaks up at the oddest times. It makes me wonder if I didn’t live up to my end of the deal by expressing my appreciation for the color he brought to my life. The idea of him becoming a distant memory seems so …. well ….wrong.
That’s when it hit me.
While we all work to make some sense of it, I thought we could make the “Flat Stanley” idea a tribute to Ian. Please get these stickers and accept the mission that comes with them. The mission is to fly them on your race car and take pictures at all of your fun events. Let’s post them on his FB wall. It will be our way of keeping he, his spirit and his gift to all of us (enabling the passion) alive.
I only wish he was here to see, maybe things would have been different.
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