My loyal readers may have noted that I haven’t posted much about Joe since his death. It’s just not a subject I wanted to talk about. I’m not the kind of guy that expresses his feelings well. Oh, you’ll know whether I’m happy with the kicker or our starting quarterback, or how I feel about the coach’s decision to punt instead of going for it on fourth down, but you won’t find any touchy feely kind of emotions in this blog.
But now I am faced with an emotional dilemma.
What do I do with Joe?
I have two stand-up Joe’s–the original (I think) in my home office, and one in my office at work (a later version in a suit.)
Do I leave them up? Years of dust and bumping and moving around could wear and tear on them. Would it be best to try and preserve them, away in a closet or attic? Or should I proudly display them as I have done for years anyway, and let time take its ravages whatever the cost?
Right now, I just can’t put Joe away. But I must admit that a deep sadness comes over me whenever I look at him. Then there is still the anger at how he was treated; the tragedy of the last months of his illustrious life. We have known for years that there would some day be a Penn State without Joe Paterno. We just didn’t know it would come so soon. So many emotions. So few words to properly express them.