Have you ever wondered about the connection between college fraternities and sororities and the real world? Recently, I attended the funeral of a man taken too soon from this life. I watched as his family and friends mourned the loss of a person who could captivate an entire room with a quip or a smile and always said, “I’m a busy man, talk fast.” It was heart wrenching to watch a mother grieve over the loss of her son, but it was interesting to observe a brotherhood that is oftentimes overlooked when conversation turns to fraternities. I attended a community college, so I was never given the opportunity to join a sorority, although I will admit I’ve always wanted to, yet I’ve been one of those people who grumble about buying friends. Like many people, I’ve dismissed fraternities as being about nothing more than drinking and women. I was mistaken.
While attending this particular funeral, I witnessed one man who traveled all the way from Florida to say goodbye to his brother. Many other brothers left their own families at home to bond with their brothers as another brother was laid to rest. While I watched these men share meaningful looks, as well as a profound sense of grief, all thought of butt chugging made me ashamed. I watched as many of them cried without shame, tears streaming down their cheeks.
Like most things in life, fraternities don’t always fall into stereotypes and quite frequently many of the brothers share a bond throughout life.
Rest in peace, Clint, and your brothers will always talk fast because you’re a busy man.