Sunday, December 22, 2013

Shifting and Drifting

Wind in my hair
Shifting and drifting
Mechanical music
Adrenaline surge....
Red Barchetta, Rush

This song is in honor of my uncle, Dr. Edward Kernick, who left this plane on December 21, 2013. 

Eddie and Mary Lou (my mom), November 1994, Baltimore, Maryland

There are many dimensions to my Uncle Ed, none of which I could adequately address. He will be sorely missed. 

One thing Uncle Ed enjoyed were cars.  I too had an affinity for cars when I was younger. For me, they were part of a fashion statement I'm sure, because I couldn't tell you one fact about anything under-the-hood. But I did appreciate the difference between the types of cars we drove and nice sports cars. One of my dearest memories is going for rides w/Uncle Eddie in whatever sports coupe he happened to own during our annual family visits to Pittsburgh. He loved taking me for a spin, and talking about the performance features of the car. We never went far or very fast, but I had such a marvelous time. 

I am picturing him driving down a long, windy road in whatever roadster he enjoyed the most. Feeling the wind in his hair. Racing to join those who departed ahead of him at the fireside. Just like the song says.

Thank you for everything you did for us Uncle Eddie. You were a gentle man, you and your brothers Bill and Jim, models for generations to come. 

Peace to my cousins and their children, and especially to my lovely Aunt Betty, who was his most trusted and loving companion. Above all, peace to you Uncle Ed. 


  1. Such a beautiful tribute...I can feel the wind in my own hair. I'm so very sorry for your loss, Laura.

  2. What a wonderful tribute to your Uncle Eddie. He sounds like an amazing man.

    Thinking of you, Laura, and sending purrs and prayers of comfort.

    Much love,

    Kevin, Tracey, Moosey, Gracie and Zoe

  3. Blessings to your Uncle Eddie - sending love and purrs your way from the Zee and Zoey Gang


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