WHEN DEAD PEOPLE SHOW UP

Josh Bunch, owner of Practice CrossFit in Troy, Ohio, was my first editor. He taught me that writing is more identity than profession, and was the first to begin stomping the clichés out of me.

WHEN DEAD PEOPLE SHOW UP

By: Josh Bunch

Dead people show up when you least expect them. When you're in the shower, getting a haircut, walking your blind dog.

Ten years before my dad died he had a stroke. It stole several steps from him like a bad roll on a board game. To this day, every time I see one of those walkers with a built in chair, I think of him. And every time I walk my blind dog, I feel like a horrible son.

My blind Husky moves like the earth’s gravity increased when I said “walk.” He pays attention to everything but me, and doesn’t seem to care when I pull that short purple leash harder to get him to hurry. He’s exactly like my dad was and I treat him like I don’t have time for him to enjoy the journey.