Thursday, March 18, 2010

Day 91- Family

Today we dealt with our grief the best way we know how.  Together.

We came together to tell stories, to celebrate, to grieve, to talk, and to share.  We took turns crying and comforting, contemplating and laughing, aching and mending.  We made inappropriate jokes and honored appropriately with a toast.  We watched the beautiful slide show that my sister made and talked about where and when and why and how with each picture.  We ate, we prayed, we drank, and we loved. 

To say my family is close knit would be an understatement.  We are experiencing great loss, but we will get through this together.  Before my grandpa left for heaven, he divided his strength among us in order to keep this unit strong.  I know that he enjoyed watching us today as we filled a room (and a bar) with love. 

We have two more days together to celebrate his life, and then we will go back to our lives to spend them honoring Grandpa and each other.  We will scatter across the country once more, gaining new members and losing others, but we will stay deeply connected through our memories and our love.

Grandpa, Grandma, Mom, Dad, Manda, Jason, Geno, Peach, Tom, LuLu, Mitz, Matt, and my Tom-- I love you with everything I have.  I am so blessed to call you my family. 

To my extended family-- We have appreciated your thoughts, prayers, notes, e-mails, phone calls, and kind words more than we can ever express.  I love you too.

Thank you, family, you made my day.

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