I didn’t want this week to go by without saying goodbye to a very special person. Del was the father of one of my dearest childhood friends, Tracy, and he passed away earlier this week. I haven’t seen him in years, unfortunately, but he made a lasting impression on my life because he kept me smiling through a lot of teenage angst. I was like a piece of furniture over at the Waggoner’s house because I spent nearly every Friday night there throughout high school. Del was a Texan through and through and was always making us laugh — both at him and at ourselves. I was just listening to this song by the Indigo Girls the other day which makes me cry on the best of days but especially so in light of this sad news this Christmas season. Farewell “Mr. Wags”!