Sunday, February 28, 2016

From this world to the next, and from the next back to this.

It has been a long week. My father's ashes were interred yesterday morning. That was odd. The small, black box which held his remains was sitting on a pedestal and they funeral director asked Mom if she would like to see them buried, and she said yes. This was something she hadn't been asked during her father's funeral, twenty-seven years ago.

They backed up a small maintenance vehicle, placed the box in the hole and covered it with earth and sod. I believe we were all very impressed.

We held his memorial at Lakewood Presbyterian Church. Family had come in from out east, from England. Standing in the receiving line, the oddest attendance, not only from his life but from mine. I was impressed and touched by those who arrived for him and also for the rest of us, many I hadn't seen in years or decades.

There followed an afternoon and evening of eating and drinking, telling stories, looking at photo albums. Talking, always talking.

Today my brothers are heading home. A week-long mourning period comes to an end. I have to get back to work.

Distance: 3.6 miles
Route: Forest Hill Loop
Temperature: 45°
Climate: cool and bright
Pavement: dry
Weight: 162 lbs.
Mood: yes.

Perfect day. Like an early spring day. We have a visitor in the pond, it is a swan.

Eleven runs in February. Not a record, but it is remarkable. Thank you for your time.

1993 Playlist
Stay (Faraway, So Close)  - U2
Sober - Tool
Lonely Planet - The The
Sodium Light Baby - The The
Epilogue (Nothing 'Bout Me) - Sting
Hip Hop Hooray - Naughty By Nature
Lies - Cyndi Lauper

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