|Letter from bartleby's family
||[May. 25th, 2005|05:39 pm]
I would prefer not to
Our family sends thanks to all of you who supported our son Jeff through the weeks when he was still able to communicate with you. Those simple acts were very important to him and sustained him until the medicines he was taking no longer enabled him to respond to your many kind messages and thoughts.|
As important to us, his parents and brother, were the e-mails, cards and letters that so many of you sent after he died.
To us, and evidently to you, Jeff was a very different and special person, deeply intelligent, witty, kind and very much his own person, a loner, iconoclast, nihilist, and an un-admitted sensualist. He never indicated to us that he had cultivated a wide diversity of friends who never had met him "in the flesh." Therefore, we were overwhelmed, not only by the sheer number of messages in remembering him, but by the touching and beautiful remarks contained in those messages.
January and February were the most difficult times in our lives, but your collective and individual kindness during that period was a great comfort to him and to us.
We are sorry that very few of you ever met Jeff in person, We know that your love for him would have been as great as ours. Thank you for appreciating him for the wonderfully different being that he was, and for sharing with us those things we did not fully know about him.
Jeff will always be in our hearts, and so will all you kind, unique and beautiful friends of his.
Dick and Ann
David and Jennifer (and their brand new daughter, Abigail)