This morning I went to my sixth funeral this year. When I retired on January 1st I didn't think my first year would be spent attending funerals. But that's what it has turned out to be.
Today's funeral was for one of my supervisors when I worked at the Northeast Regional Library. Marian was a lovely lady. So sweet, kind, and considerate. She lived near the library but because she was my mom's age, I did not want her walking home at 9 p.m. so I used to give her a ride each night that we worked together. We talked all the way there and became close friends. She was a character. She used to kick her legs up really high to prove she wasn't old. And she loved to dance. Marian passed away this week at age 87 and it was still too soon.
I stopped to pick up my friend Carol to go to the church. Her son had her car today. Besides, we wanted to spend time together and catch up. We were only going to the viewing, but saw a lot of other library people there and began talking to them. The next thing we knew, we were being told to sit down that the mass was beginning. OK.
It was a beautiful mass. It really celebrated her life and people came away feeling uplifted rather than crying.
As we library people stood on the steps talking afterwards, Carol came up with the idea that we should go to lunch together. Some people couldn't do that, but five of us got together and met at the Country Club. It was so nice to see my friends again and to talk, relax and just enjoy being together. It has been years since I worked with them since I was transferred to another library five years ago. But it was as if we had just sat down yesterday. That's what it's like with good friends. We sat around for about an hour and a half and then left saying we MUST make time to do this again.
As I drove Carol back home we were saying life is short. We need to connect with people we love and make time to spend with those who mean so much to us. I worked with these people almost 10 years and they became my family. I didn't realize just how much I missed them. We are all retired now (and glad of it!) so perhaps we can get together once a month. Or every other month. I hope so.
When I got home I changed my clothes and then went into the yard to help clean up. J from church had offered to cut our grass for us. He just graduated from high school and is looking for a couple of yards to work in before he goes back to school in a few months. He did a really nice job. I pulled a few weeds. J is coming back next week to help me finish up. And boy does that yard need work! Some of the weeds are taller than I am and look like trees. I know with J helping me it will get back to normal. He's a good kid and I'm glad he can help us out and we can help him out.
Here's another Picture from the Past. Such a beautiful sunset. This was taken August 4, 2014.
And now it's off to make dinner. Poached salmon, rice and fresh green beans from Lancaster County. Can't wait.
See you tomorrow.