Here is how my week pans out in the blogging arena for the most part. Sunday is #SLS, Monday is Haiku with Ronovan, Tuesday is Share Your World, Wednesday is #1linerWeds. Thursday is Thoughts, Friday ???, and Saturday is #SoCS. Annual challenges include #JusJoJan (if it continues) and Blogging from A to Z in April.
When I started back in July of 2016, I wrote whatever, whenever, and was quite a bit more prolific. Then I started to joins challenges and began to pace myself. The last two or so years have followed the pattern above. What’s missing is a Friday Feature. I’d like to come up with a theme. I was going to do an entertainment – musical … Friday Tunes but I could never really get that off the ground. So, without further ado, I’m testing out a Friday Feature. No rules, let loose, whatever comes to my crazy like a fox mind. Probably will be very similar to Thursday Thoughts.
Today’s Friday Feature is family related. March 20, 2022, B’s cousin (one month older, gone way too soon) passed away. He had battled and beaten cancer in his 20s, only for it to return later. The recurrence was as stage 4 lung cancer though a heart attack was his ultimate demise.
We knew him as Little Johnny (dad was Bad John, another uncle was just Johnny). They grew up together. Got along well in a big happy rough and tumble family. They went to highschool together but different elementary/middle/jr high schools since the district is large enough to have several K-8 schools. After their graduation, they both went their separate ways. Nothing happened to cause a fall out, just different interests and life getting in the way. Our first few years of marriage and up until Grandma passed away, we’d see each other a handful of times a year.
There was a memorial service a few weekends back. B’s parents aren’t well enough to attend but they wanted B to go to represent their arm of the family. Sadly he refused. Instead he worked that weekend for the first time in forever. As his own boss, he didn’t have to work but I guess we all deal in our own way.
Last Sunday, we read a lovely tribute email/eulogy written by cousins (his sister and brother) that PoPo had printed for MoMo to also read which got me thinking. All those prior get togethers came flooding back to my memory. Both the laughter and the tears. If only, …. If only, we had stayed a little longer. If only, we had continued seeing each other even after Grandma died. Maybe then we’d be more involved in sharing the grief that comes from losing a loved one.
Today, I take this moment to pay our respects albeit belatedly.
Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord,
and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of all the faithful departed,
through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Requiem aeternam dona eis, Domine.
Et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Fidelium animae, per misericordiam Dei,
requiescant in pace.
As always, more to come.