Saturday, May 19, 2012

Losing a precious gift.....

I've been close to a family I met many years ago having served in the same congregation with all of them at one time or another. I also worked closely with the oldest daughter for many years. The patriarch of this family was precious to so many of us. He has been very sick for awhile now but his loving family have been taking very good care of him - especially his devoted wife of so many years.  They used to love dancing with each other. He told his children about how beautiful she was when he first saw her and you just knew they shared a deep love and respect for each other.
I was so sad to hear she had died suddenly. She went peacefully in her sleep and they had her Memorial today. It was set it up so those of us who listen in on the phone could do so today. They also set it up so their Dad could hear and see everything through Skype on a computer. I can only imagine how sad he is. It was a lovely talk about her long years of faithful service as well as the love shared by their whole family. I really wanted to be with them but the two girls stressed to me they knew I loved them and to stay home and get well.
Darel and Mich came by for a short visit after the Memorial and told me every seat was full. I told them I feel like we are losing that generation and that is basically what I meant by the title of this post.  What a precious gift they have been to my generation. I really appreciated them coming since I haven't seen them in months. They celebrated their 21st anniversary yesterday. I can't believe it has been that long. They both looked so good today I had to take their picture. I wish I could say I still feel as good as I did last Wednesday but it would be a big fat lie.  I've been trying to do the therapy on my neck the way they did it but it isn't as good since they stood behind me and I have to push where they pulled.  I'm not going to stop though.  I'm actually looking forward to my next acupuncture this coming Wednesday.  Hope I feel as good or better than I did after my first one.  Page called and I told her about the Memorial.  Evidently I am losing it on all levels.  I thought I had told her but she said I hadn't.  We are both getting excited about next weekend. They are going to drive up on Friday.  BigD and I are so glad Bentley is coming too.  It has been too long since we have seen him.

1 comment:

  1. Hi Trish. Just had to comment that I knew exactly what you mean about losing "that" generation. What a loss. We are in a congregation now with many of them so I hope to get close and absorb some wisdom. The part that is so frightening about it is that we are the next ones to be classed this way. I'm not ready, how about you?


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