Saturday, October 3, 2015

Remembering a Birthday

Today would have been my father-in-law's 62nd birthday. He did not live to see it. We lost him in June to metastatic esophageal cancer. 61 feels so young, so  unfair-- especially to this 41-year-old.

We did our best to honor Grandpa R. today, as I think we try to every day. We had fun...

...walking with our school family for the annual Marathon for Non-Public Education...

...visiting the apple orchard to choose apples and pumpkins, pet all the farm
animals, and play a mean tether ball tournament...

...and playing at the park.

We went to mass and prayed in his memory. I had a conversation with a friend who was also marking a birthday of someone she dearly loves who is gone. We all shared supper with Grandma R. and the meal was prepared by a friend who also wanted to honor Harlan and his family.

It was a good day. It was not the birthday I would have wished to share with him, but we made it a very good day, and I believe he had a hand in that.

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