Archive for January, 2011

A tribute

Today I am mourning.  I am mourning the loss of a man who changed my life for ever.   I have not seen this man for 8 years, but for the 10 years prior Bobby was a part of my life!

I met Bobby when he was 40.  “Me, Bob Locke”, was the way he introduced himself, he captured my heart and because of him I am a better person.  Bobby was 40 and moving into his first apartment.  He had spent several years prior in institions and group homes.  The day I met him he was just doing “trial visits” to his new apartment at Greenwood.  He seemed so hard to understand, but Bob was patiented and worked hard to share his story.  He used gestures to speak, making signs for work and his place of work.  He worked at a Red Lobster, a restaurant I still frequent and think of Bobby and his love for life, his friends and his family.  Bob loved something more then life!  Bob reminded us often, “I am not a boy, and I am a man.”

Bob was one of the few people who ever put me to shame.  An angry woman, who was as far away from God as anyone.  Bobby loved God, church and praise music!  He would sing old hymns with his room mates and study scripture.   I did not believe Jesus existed or there was a God who wanted a personal relationship.  Bobby’s faith was real and he wanted me to have a real faith and so he prayed for me and dragged me off to church.  One of those Sunday’s I realized Jesus was real and he wanted a personal relationship with me.  I think Bobby was a tremendous minister, yet, I am sure not many people saw him in that light.

Bobby taught me about Joy, he taught me what it was to dream dreams and achieve them!  I live the life of joy and vision because of Bob Locke.

I am so grateful for the gift of Bobby!  Thank you Jesus.


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