we all know it is coming. We are all at that age where we start to expect the unexpected, to be cliche. today was just one of those days. A funeral. you look at your calender and you have three hundred things to do that day. Routine. but then something extraordinary happens (in the literal sense of the word) and your whole day becomes something you didnt expect. No one "expects" to go to a funeral. Even as we drove to the funeral patrick was still stuck on maintaining schedule and said that when the funeral was done he had to bolt back home & drop us off so he could get to the office right away. To his credit he had no idea the burial and a reception were scheduled to happen right afterwards.He also had no idea how affected he would be. Nevertheless it is so hard to be pulled out of our daily routine. But when you are, you are lucky. You get that special opportunity to take a step back, remember morality, remember why you work, why you do your daily routine. And if you are really lucky you have an experience like we did today. The priest said some profound yet simple statements which were beautiful and peaceful. Comforting. The eulogy, performed by one of Mary Jo's son's, was funny, candid and brutally honest (Patrick, the son who performed the eulogy, always is an open book!) yet poignant and full of love and life. Touching. Boppa did the readings and Nana presented the gifts (it was her sister's funeral.) Cy stayed at school extra long but Arlo came with us. He was very well behaved except when he yelled "Boppa!" really loudly while Boppa was up front reading. We all had a chuckle. Needless to say Patrick never went to work. We took the opportunity to stay and eat with family we dont see very often and celebrate life!
Anyhow dear reader, I write this all because today was a day to step back from routine for us -- and remember what really is important... and I want to remind everyone to do the same!! If you can do it this week, please take a moment to step back in honor of Mary Jo, a sweet farm girl turned nurse with a beautiful family left behind. God Bless you Mary Jo and the Lucy and Voita families!