Today is Valentineâ€™s Day and Iâ€™m reminded of our honeymoon with tears in my eyes.Â My husband was searching for something in a drawer and pulled out a card I had misplacedÂ â€“ a card I wished I had a little over a year ago.Â Â It was the card of Carl Lezak.
We spent our honeymoon, nearly eight years ago in New Orleans.Â We almost didnâ€™t have a honeymoon.Â This was the second time around for both of us.Â I didnâ€™t have a honeymoon the first time, and decided, yes this was something we needed to do. Â In searching destinations New Orleans was a good deal.Â So we went for it.Â This was in May of 2002.
The honeymoon was fantastic all the way around, but was made even more memorable because we had the good fortune to meet Carl Lezak while there.Â We chose to tour the Degas House.Â We arrived at the house, finding our tour guide had to be summoned by phone. We were the only ones taking the tour that day.Â We ended up getting a private tour.Â I spoke up telling him we were on our honeymoon.Â I found early on a lot of perks got added for honeymoon couples.
We had taken the trolley there; however, he insisted on driving us back in his car.Â On the way he gave us his card and told us about his multiple jobs.Â It turned out he was Father Lezak.Â His card was a fold-over â€“ a miniature resumeâ€™ of sorts.Â His talents ranged from theology to plastering and dry wall.Â He told us about being from Chicago, although he had made his home New Orleans where his heart was.Â Â He had become quite the expert on the history there.Â He knew every nook and cranny of the town and the characters that lived there.Â He was quite the character himself.
He recommended a cafÃ© and dropped us off and advised us on other places which were a must see.Â Then he kindly told us to meet him back in front of Antoineâ€™s for a free tour â€“ a honeymoon special.
I donâ€™t think he knew a stranger.Â He had a beautiful soul.
We have thought of him many times since our honeymoon.Â When Katrina hit my husband and I tried to reach him by phone and email to no avail.Â We even contacted a priest we knew to see if he could find out something.Â We wanted to offer him a place to stay if he needed one, or if he didnâ€™t anyone he might want to send our way. I guess it was not meant to be.
Today I found that he passed away in December.Â I hope he knows how extra special he made our honeymoon.Â I think his beautiful spiritual vibration has touched many.
I think itâ€™s synchronicity that we come across his card on Valentineâ€™s Day.Â Father Lezak truly had a big heart.