The service was lovely. A Catholic mass that went on past the hour mark, with eulogies telling countless memories of this wonderful woman. It was so entertaining to hear the stories of how innovative she was in the face of so few resources and so many (9!) energetic children, who are so smart and talented in their own rites.
I've been blessed over the years to have shared Thanksgiving dinners, babysitting duties, time camping, and afternoon picnics with such a beautiful, loving family. A family that accepted me into their circle more than once because, I guess, if there's 30 people at the table, it doesn't make much sense not to include one more.
Some of the members of this family I hadn't seen in a few years. It was really great to see them again and share some stories and some hugs. I'll always remember the kindness that they have shown me.
“Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.” -- Dr. Seuss