A Beautiful Service
Don and I went round and round about whether to attend the service of a very special neighbor. In the past 8 months we have been cautious and taken few risks. Weddings and funerals are high on the risk list. We had a good excuse not to attend, but I'm so incredibly grateful we didn't stay home.
It felt odd to dress up just a bit, for the first time in 8 months. It felt strange to sing Amazing Grace, through a cloth mask. It felt wrenching, to see the images of our dear, young neighbor smiling in the slideshow. My throat ached to imagine the pain of his parents... our good friends. But I also felt lifted and so grateful to be surrounded by others... with our chairs spaced far apart.
We've lost a number of special people in the last months. My dear friend's mom, my cousin, my aunt's husband. Different kinds of grief and worry and it all feels extra heavy, because of the pandemic. This was the only service we've attended. I thought our attendance was for them... to show our support. But we ended up benefitting. Even though we sat far apart from each other, there was a warmth of being with others who all care. The music, the words spoken, the quiet. It was all needed today.
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!