Its been about two years since my last blog, so I'm a bit rusty. Please bear with me!
My favorite Aunt died last July. Her name was MaryLou but we called her Aunt Moo, of all things. I think its because when my older brother was a very young child, he couldn't say MaryLou, so it came out Moo.
This past weekend, we finally had the memorial service for Aunt Moo. We held it at the cemetery where many of my other family members are buried; my older brother, my Grandparents, my father, my Aunt Phyllis and my first husband. In attendance to the memorial were most of my family, many who I haven't seen in years. It was so great to see them and hug them and to see how they've changed over the years. There was my best cousin, VickieLyn, and my younger sister, Pamie, along with about a dozen other family members. I haven't seen VickieLyn in about ten years, and I hadn't seen my sister since 2001! In my mind I still see them as they were when we were younger, so it was kind of a jolt to see them now with gray hair. I guess perhaps they were surprised to see me with gray hair too!
At the service, we had a Bible reading and we sang Amazing Grace, which was one of Aunt Moo's favorite songs. Then we all told of a memory we had of Aunt Moo. Some of the memories told made us laugh, others made us cry a bit. When it was my turn to speak, I didn't have a memory to share, because how could I just choose one? Aunt Moo was always so good to me, it would have taken hours to tell all my stories. So I just said that when I was a child, I looked up to Aunt Moo and wanted to be just like her. When I became an adult, she was one of my best friends, and I was lucky to have had her in my life.
After the service, the family gathered together at a local restaurant. Luckily we had a private room shut off from the rest of the restaurant, because our conversation got pretty loud and lively! It was wonderful to catch up with everyone. I hadn't realized how much I really missed my family! We lingered over lunch for almost three hours before the party broke up and it was time to say goodbye. I'm not an emotional person, but I broke down crying when my sister hugged me. She literally clung to me and said she wished she didn't have to go back to California. I told her that she has a full life there; a great husband, her four grown children and many grandchildren, so she has a lot to go back to. I hope that made her feel better.
Family is so important. Being apart from mine made me forget that, but seeing them again reminded me how much I love them. We all plan to stay in touch. We are getting older and I don't want to wait until we lose another family member before we see and talk to each other again.
Aunt Moo with Coach Nicole;
Aunt Moo with Chris Downey AKA Sparkguy