RIP My Friend…..

There I was, teaching some kids and wearing a BFA T-shirt that had this heart on the back that has all our fallen friends listed. The BFA logo was on the front and they asked what the logo stood for? I explained what Bikefriendlyatl does and then one of the kids said, “my soccer coach was killed several years back, is his name on your shirt?” I told her there was a 99% chance that it was and that if she knew his/her name I knew whether it was on there! She started thinking and due to it being when she was 6-8 years old she was having a hard time remembering. I said, “how about a first name or initials?” She said “his initials were TJ” and before she could remember his last name I said Patillo! The girls were amazed that I knew his name and that it was on my shirt! I explained that for some reasons that I can’t explain, these people are a part of me and my every day life! Their mothers came to pick them up and were also set back at all the coincidences of this great man! RIP TJ and be assured that I’ll ride some with you one day, but until then I’ll never forget you and work in your honor until then buddy.

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