There will be no stopping me now………… Is that being a little vain? Too Bad.. here we go………………..
Let me set the stage…
I was at a funeral today… for no one I knew. I went to accompany a close friend and support the Son, who I knew.. It was his Mom….
The service was outside, at the grave sight.. It was a bright sunny, Sunday Morning. There was a slight breeze, cool, but not cold. The warm sun made it bearable. There were 50 or so, gathered around a green carpeted hole, whispering Hi to folks they hadn’t seen in eons..I had time to reflect… while the minister did his duty… very down to earth, added a few quips here and there. Even, as he said, had his first heckler; When asked of everyone “Can you keep a secret ?” Some one in the small group, pipped up, a loud enough for everyone to hear,“NO!!” that broke the ice..The service went on, familiar passages from the bible.. I remember the lords prayer.. and Psalm 24 or 21 not sure… the one about “going through the valley of death, I shall fear no evil..” (I’m not a church goer, but, I go to weddings, christenings and funerals….)My mind wandered in and out, often away from the moment.. To the many funerals over the years, I’ve attended.., selfishly came flooding back, were the ones still fresh and vivid ~My wife Aug 2006… My Mom Aug 1986… My Dad Jun 1978…. Like each was yesterday… Tears started, it was all about me….. They just streamed.. as I glanced aroud to see who may be looking at me… Vainity…. fortunately, everyone was in their own world..It was as if I was in a dream like state…..I even noticed, the slight breeze, fittingly playing with a dead leaf… It appeared to be dancing, on a brass tomb… I guess, Mother nature was sharing her joy, in celebrating the passing of another soul…Before I knew, folks were accepting handfuls of earth to cover the urn..and saying their farewells.. There in, is the reality…It felt good to be alive, I thanked my mother and father………Another day ……………….The present…….
A moment it time at a funeral.