Mayor's Musings: Each moment important, live life to the fullest
The old saying is that "life can be fleeting." That hit home to me during the weekend of Feb. 25-26.
The West Fargo Packatahna dance team headed to Minneapolis that weekend for the final competition of the year. The team performed on Friday afternoon and did well, so life was good.
However, on Saturday morning, my daughter called to tell me that Donny Kearns had passed away in the hotel or at the hospital the previous evening. Donny and his wife, Barb, had also traveled to Minneapolis to watch their daughter, Brenna, perform in the competition. It certainly was tragic news.
I didn't know Donny real well, but he usually had a smile on his face. I also know that he cared a great deal for his family.
I know that because I danced beside him during the annual father-daughter performance at the West Fargo dance show just a week prior. Despite having some back problems and other issues, he carried on. It is hard enough keeping up with a dancer, let alone with back problems.
My first thought after hearing the news was that the girls shouldn't continue on in the competition. My thought was that it would be too difficult for the girls to perform and smile knowing that one of their sisters was hurting so much. However, I'm pretty sure that Donny would have said, "You go girls!"
The girls did continue and came home with some first place trophies. It's a tribute to the girls, coaches and to Donny. I think there is a lesson for the girls that, even though tragedy hits, life does continue.
Many years from now when Donny's family is all together again in heaven and Gods asks Donny what he wants to do, I think he will say, "Let's dance!"