Nancy Parker: a Saint and Hall of Fame life
Life is worth living and worth living to the fullest.
To sit idly by and watch the train roll by and the waves hit the sand without engaging in the many simple pleasures and extraneous entertainment options available to us is a fruitless expedition.
Regardless of how much time we are destined for and allowed on this earth, you are either living to die or you are dying to live.
The movie “Shawshank Redemption” simplified this basic position even further through the words of characters Andy Dufresne and “Red” Redding.
“Get busy living or get busy dying.”
If you are busy dying, living to die, you do little or nothing and simply await the inevitable. No one gets out of this existence alive.
If you are dying to live and busy living, you embrace the challenges, the possibilities, the thrills that life has to offer while pursuing your hopes and dreams.
I dreamed of a career in sports as a child and adolescent. I consider it a true blessing that I have enjoyed the opportunity to fulfill those aspirations.
Nancy Parker was very clearly a person who was dying to live and stayed fully busy living her life.
Nancy was effervescent. She exuded warmth. She was kind and engaging with fans. She plied her craft in professional fashion and her sincerity was obvious. He personality translated to the camera and to all who viewed Fox 8.
For the past several years, Nancy has been making an appearance at the Saints Hall of Fame for us on an annual basis, signing books for the thousands of patrons who frequent the museum prior to New Orleans Saints home games. I always looked forward to her calling me to see about scheduling a game to appear at and it was truly my pleasure to accommodate her.
Her husband, Glynn, would stop by as well.
Nancy authored a pair of delightful children’s books, including “The Adventures of Yat and Dat What’s Cookin” and “The Adventures of Yat and Dat: Superdome.”
Parker was deeply involved in the community, serving on several boards and volunteering to great causes consistently.
Like his wife, Glynn was an outstanding television journalist locally for many years as well at WGNO. He is currently the public information officer for Jefferson Parish.
Boyd had spoken by phone to my friend and colleague Ed Daniels Friday afternoon. Within a matter of 20 minutes or so, Glynn’s life was changed in dramatic, traumatic fashion.
It is another reminder of the fleeting existence we all are ensconced in. The phrase “here today, gone tomorrow” has never been more applicable.
None of us are promised tomorrow, the next hour, the next minute.
Enjoy the experience of living in enormous fashion. Embrace it to the fullest. Seek excellence daily. Be effervescent in the process. Explore the possibilities presented to you before our human existence expires. Empty your tank with effort to get the very most out of this world.
Nancy Parker checked all of the boxes. We grieve for Glynn, along with Piper, Pierce and Parker.
To my way of thinking, she was a Hall of Fame journalist, mother, wife and person, a real saint with a Heavenly perspective.
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Born and raised in the New Orleans area, CCSE CEO Ken Trahan has been a sports media fixture in the community for nearly four decades. Ken started NewOrleans.com/Sports with Bill Hammack and Don Jones in 2008. In 2011, the site became SportsNOLA.com. On August 1, 2017, Ken helped launch CrescentCitySports.com. Having accumulated national awards/recognition (National Sports Media Association, National Football…