Okay, it's been a while. Bad Jadi! Come on, after the whole dead cat fiasco, were you really holding your breath to hear from me again?
You were? How delightful!
My great-grandmother died this past Tuesday. She was blind. I told a friend of mine that the first thing she saw clearly must've been Jesus. How cool would that be? She was about 87. She had great-great-grandchildren. She had church meeting in her home.
At the wake, there weren't that many sad-looking people. Yeah, they were hurt, but there were so many people--and I mean a lot of people--that perhaps catching up put off the grief.
I have never hugged that many people where I didn't know who they were. But they were family...somehow...
The funerals are a real cultural thing. Half of the service was in French (I'm from South Louisiana, I only live in Mississippi), and at the wake they a song in English and in French. The family's huge, but there was no fighting or no scenes. Just a lot of people catching up. It was great.
We always say we'll do a family reunion. At the actual funeral, the topic came up where we were sitting. I said we need to have one where we all have nametags, and maybe a family tree so we know how we're all related.
I hope we do get to have a family reunion.