Today we went to pay our respects to Michal’s parents Bedřich and Olga and his dear beautiful cousin, Lucie Kolařova at the family plot in a little village outside of Prague called Čestlice. It reminded me of the article I wrote for “The Bridge” magazine comparing both the Czech and Montana traditions on All Souls Day , so I felt it worthy of re-publishing here.
This week I am mourning the loss of another family member, my Uncle Norm Kenck, who lived and died in Montana. He was my father’s best friend from grade school and he married my Aunt Barbara and raised my cousin’s Bridget and Sean. He was a sweet, gentle man who was great at taking care of everyone but himself. He was a good ol’ rancher who happened to be a dentist with bad teeth. As Sean describes, “some kind of giant, lovable Disney character walking around in a Norm costume”. He was typically seen on the ranch wearing sweat pants and his dress shoes covered in shit. RIP Uncle Norm, may the angles take you into the deep blue Montanan skies.