Sunday February 03rd 2013, 10:23 pm
Filed under: Family,Life

Saturday, graveside. The family had wrapped things up–when our niece Jessie turned back. Her brother’s small children had started to quietly play in this exotic ice you could slide a little on; snowballs had not yet been invented in their world. They’re California kids.

Jessie showed them her mother’s grave marker and told them about their grandma. Their eyes were fixed on the spot: in their experiences, Grandmas were people who loved you, always ready with a hug, not gray rectangle stones with words carved in them like a book. And soon there would be two, for their great grandma we were laying to rest.

A little later that day they were gleefully chasing yellow balloons and coloring Curious George pages at the surprise birthday party for their great- grandpa after the funeral luncheon. To Life!

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I love that delicate dance with grief and fond remembrances. One of my favorite moments in my life was LATE the night of my BFF’s father’s “family night” and thus, the eve of his funeral. Oh we laughed and remembered around that kitchen table!

Comment by Channon 02.04.13 @ 7:46 am

Memories of the people you love are the most important part of life. Passing those memories on means that they keep on living in our hearts.

Comment by Kathy in San Jose 02.04.13 @ 8:02 am

They need the stories to help them know the person who isn’t there in person for them to share with and love.

Comment by LauraN 02.04.13 @ 11:17 am

I just love hearing my grandkids remember their ‘papa.’ All their memories were happy and it reminds me of his legacy.

Comment by Abby McKean 02.04.13 @ 12:34 pm

The loved one may be gone, but the memories stay.
I know.

Comment by Don Meyer 02.04.13 @ 2:49 pm

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