While threads are open on the main page and there has already been several threads started, I felt like I needed to put my thoughts down here.
Saying that I am shocked this afternoon would be an understatement. It always seems harder to hear about things like this when it happens to people like Kenny. I think it presses home that you never know how around you is capable of doing such a thing. If someone as up-beat, well loved and successful as he can commit suicide, who else walks that edge?
By all accounts, Kenny was always the one with a smile on his face. Always the one looking for the good. Always the one that made those around him feel better. Spurrier even mentioned that he was down here last weekend for the Georgia game. The reports are that female friend found him when coming back from running an errand with his son. These details make this tragedy seem sudden. Both in its nature and in its execution. Of course, we don't know what his private thoughts were. We don't know how hard or personal he took his set-backs in his career. What we do know is that we have lost someone that was a big part of our Gamecock family. A shinning example of how we all would like to conduct ourselves. Someone who we can all still try to live up to.
Lastly, this is not just a day to remember Kenny for who he was. This is a day to remind ourselves to appreciate those that we have around us. The people that make it possible for us to navigate our trials. Today is a day to give these people a hug and let them know that they are appreciated. To remind ourselves that we are as big a part of their lives as they are a part of ours.