|Thomas Everett Williams|
This short post simply speaks to something that I think was noticeable early on and often in Tom's life with our family. It always amazed and amused me.
Whenever there would be a Dolan-side gathering and all or some of the nephews and nieces were in attendance (especially the boys, I think), sooner or later you would see Tom "holding court" - as I like to describe it. In some corner or another, there you would see the the groupies huddled around and Tom would be in the middle commanding their attention. It might be one of his stories which he had a knack for telling - all of which may or may not contain some degree of truth. ("Hey, did I ever tell you about .....?") No one was better at taking an otherwise normal, ordinary event or happening and making it interesting, funny, if not knee-slapping hysterical. It may have been some of his self-deprecating humor, or a bit of his experienced advice on a variety of issues. But on one level or another, there was some wisdom to be had, to everyone's joy and delight - and no one enjoying it more than Tom himself.
I wanted to find a picture that could illustrate adequately Tom's courtroom in action, but could not find one on such short notice. Maybe one will turn up. Better yet, maybe one of you can remember one, or have one to share. Give it some thought. Give it a look. Let me know if you find anything.
This family will continue to get together, I am sure. However, we cannot take that for granted. If it is going to be, it is up to thee! They will never all be the same, but that is the nature of the beast, and time and life circumstances have a way messing with us. And God will always have his say.
But with Tom no longer with us, one thing is for sure: the courtroom is adjourned.
UPDATE to "The Courtroom is Adjourned"
Here you have the first contribution photo showing Tom in the act of holding court. It was 4th of July, 2004, in the basement of St. Peter in Fond du Lac. Whatever Tom had going that day sure tickled Tim's funny bone and had Aaron's attention. Way to go KT Dolan for finding this one. I am sure there are others. JD's Jottings will wait patiently.