Hello my wonderful readers!
I've been in a bit of blogging withdrawal while on the road to/from Florida. It's so good to be back! And according to my Bloglines reader, I have many, many posts to read from you all. I promise I will get to them all.
In the next few posts I want to tell you about some of the great stories I heard and some of the wonderful people I met while we were in Florida. There are so many cousins of hubby's that I've never met, and they were all characters! There is a family reunion in Michigan in August, and we want to go to that, too. Hopefully it will all work out, because his Aunt D has to put us "on the list". If we're not on that list, she says, we won't get in. She was really insistent about this after a couple of Long Island Iced Teas.
Such is the mind of a writer. I spent the entire time soaking up stories and character nuances. I kept thinking, "Oh yeah, I'll have to write about this!" Despite the fact that we had come together for a funeral, we were able to find joy in each others' presence. There is something to be said for that. I believe Uncle Skip's spirit was there, encouraging us to celebrate life, not mourn death. Though he has left a gaping hole in his family, he also taught them a lot about living. I think with that kind of guidance, the family will carry on.
Peace - D