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Robert Russell tells this story:

There is a huge rivalry in college basketball between the University of Louisville and the University of Kentucky.

The story is told that at one of the games between the two schools, an elderly woman was sitting alone with an empty seat next to her.

Someone approached her and said, "Ma’am, I have rarely seen an empty seat in Rupp Arena, let alone at a game between these two teams. Whose seat is this?"

The woman responded that she and her late husband had been season-ticket holders for 28 years, and the seat had belonged to him.

"Well, couldn’t you find a friend or relative to come to the game with you?" the observer asked.

"Are you kidding?" she replied. "They’re all at my husband’s funeral."

[Citation: Robert Russell, May All Who Come Behind Us Find Us Faithful]

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