I went with every intention of staying…I went to pay my respects to a life well lived.  A woman who raised a strong Irish Catholic family full of ideals and accomplishments and joy in one another.  She was a great Mom.  She lived to enjoy 17 grandchildren and 4 great-grandchildren.  She was married to the love of her life for 62 years.  She’s resting in peace now.

And  tonight was the visitation where family and friends gathered at the funeral home to remember her. 

I stayed long enough to see the family and tell them how sorry I was for the loss of such an important person in their lives. 

I couldn’t stay beyond that because of the images.   Five days short of 41/2 years ago, the same funeral home provided a private parlor for me to say my final good-byes to Leroy. 

I guess I thought I’d locked away that day.   I was wrong.


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