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And we keep living anyway

What quote am I vibing? "Death doesn't discriminate between the sinners and the saints. It takes and it takes and it takes. And we keep living anyway. We rise and we fall and we break and we make our mistakes." Lin Manuel Miranda, from Hamilton

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild since Last Post: 34

Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild in 2020: 906

All-Time Pounds of Trash Removed from the Wild: 1430

Brian's dad, Carlos Garcia, has probably watched Hamilton over 100 times during our 2020 quarantine. His granddaughter Liana is obsessed - she doesn't speak yet, but you can just tell that she knows every single word.

This week, the Garcia family, and the world, lost Carlos. Unexpectedly. And it is the absolute worst. He was one of the saints - kind and open. These words from Hamilton in the quote above keep echoing in my head. Every time I visited, I looked forward to a hug, and some great conversations about family, politics, and football. I imagine that Ryan Tannehill has had no greater defender than Carlos Garcia. 😄 In a world that can be loud and cruel, Carlos was gentle and fair. I only had the privilege to know him for a little over a year, but my heart is better for our time together, and I wish we had more.

Please, let this be a reminder - we only are given so many days on this Earth. Keep living. We can choose every day to be kind and do good things for each other and the planet. Let your legacy be like that of Carlos - someone who loved big and enjoyed life. ❤️

Mr. Garcia and Liana watching Hamilton - twinning.

October 28. Kanner Highway. 4 pounds.

October 31. Bathtub Reef Beach. 3 pounds.

November 1. Stuart Causeway - West Island, with Brian. 10 pounds.

November 2. Kanner Highway. 5 pounds.

November 3. Bathtub Reef Beach. 8 pounds.

November 5. Barwick Park, Delray Beach, with Brian. 4 pounds.

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Thank you for writing this blog post. I’m Brian’s cousin on Joanne’s side and have not been in touch with the family for a while and it eats at me constantly. I am so grateful that Jo sent the post to my mom who sent it to describe the Carlos that I remember to a tee and that brings back great memories and emotions that I need to feel today. It’s been a heavy, emotional year but reading things like this on a day like this gives me a great deal of hope.

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