I’ve always kind of rolled my eyes a little bit when people get verklempt over the death of a celebrity.
And then today I read that Merle Haggard passed away.
I feel a little like I’ve lost a favorite uncle.
Because there wasn’t a single get together with my dad’s family that didn’t involve Merle.
I just can’t hear his music without thinking of my dad and my gram.
So tonight I’m listening to that Okie from Muskogee and remembering the bonfires and beers and saying a big thank you. Mr. Merle Haggard may have left this earth, but he’s left his music and his mark on my memory.