It's not that I don't have anything to say. I do. I just having been making the time for it.
So, here's a snapshot of Nadine's Funeral service. Her gorgeous sixteen year old daughter picked out music to be played. Aerosmith, LifeHouse, Dream Boat Annie, Sarah McLachlan. Yep, they were a rock and roll family. In fact, Nadine's daughter wrote an incredible eulogy for her mother- articulate, beautiful words that would make the Grinch with the tiny heart break. She wrote about how her mother's strength would keep her strong. She ended with a quip about how her mom was in a place where she could, "Rock and roll all night, and party every day."
My cousin Rosey's husband, Cowboy, was asked to preach by Nadine's husband. Cowboy came dressed with a Western riding suit coat, fancy pants, boots, a big ole' yet very nice felt cowboy hat, and of course, a worn Bible tucked under his arm. His sermon rang with honesty and gentleness. In the southern tradition, he ended with his own quip, "When Nadine asked Jesus into her life on that day, she put her foot on the Rock and got her name on the role." Yes, my family makes me laugh and cry all at the same time.
Cowboy told me his own story soaked with Vietnam, rodeo, arms dealing, drugs, jail, addiction and most of all, Redemption. I admire his soft spoken nature and open heart. Rosie and he have been down a long road. Rosie and I talked after dinner together. She grew up mostly in Nadine's family and has lost something much more like a sister than a cousin. She's also lost her mother, Nadine's mom and dad, a brotherish cousin and niece. Even though neither of us are old women, we pondered how much loss we've had and how hard it is wait to join those in the better place.
The most comforting moment for me was when Nadine's brother, Jay stood with me at the coffin. He told me he'd visited with her at the nursing home and hospice care. He whispered in her ear, "If you see, Leah (her daughter who died as a young person a few years ago from spinal menangitis), run like the wind to her."
I pictured Nadine spying Leah's slight figure and radiant red curls in the light and tearing off like there was no tomorrow to greet her girl. Yes, so comforting to consider them together forever now.
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