This Memorial Episode is dedicated to my mother, Billie Sue Borgmeyer, and includes a very personal look at my deepest “Why”. Not the “Start with Why” that Simon Sinek made famous in his book with that title, but the deeper WHY that set me on a journey far from home in search of something of which I more frequently doubt the importance.
While I challenge you to take up the question for yourself, I also want you to know that I offer no real answers here. It is something I am still exploring on my own.
My mother was born with the name of Billie Sue, but grew up being called “Lizzie”, “Billie” or just plain “Sue” – though she was always far from plain.
She became Billie Sue Neeley when she married Bill Neeley, the brother of her best friend, Billie Sue Neeley (later Throneberry)… and this was just the start of the craziness that really was the essence of our family.
Together they had six children, Theresa Sue, Larry Allan (deceased), Gary David (aka “Peewee”), William Paul (deceased – Season 2, Episode 251), Michael Kelly (that’s me), and Lisa Clarann (her favorite child… at least according to the obituary… which Lisa wrote and submitted to the papers… we all laughed).
And that was our nature. There was probably as much laughter at my mother’s funeral service as there were tears. We knew how to celebrate life and my mom wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. You’ll catch much of that humor in this episode.
My parents divorced when I was young, and mom later married Bernard Borgmeyer, who was with her for 42 years… right up to the end. His only son, my step-brother Ronnie, died a couple of months ago (Season 2, Episode 270), and now Bernie is stuck with last four of the “Wild Bunch”… well, us and about a gazillion grandkids and great grandkids.
Good luck, Bernie! 😉
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