Tuesday, April 8, 2008

A Family Gathering

On Sunday, we gathered at Mt Nebo Cemetery for the unveiling of the headstone on the one year anniversary of my father's death. What a year it has been....it seems like just yesterday. In addition to the kids, my brother, Steve, also flew in from New York to honor Dad's memory. We read psalms, a passage from Ecclesiastes (remember Turn Turn Turn??) and the mourner's Kaddish. Short and sweet, we were all moved by the classic words of tradition.

We went to brunch afterwards at Yia Yia's and the mood was upbeat. How sad it is that we live so far apart from family, because we always have such a good time when we get together.

Steve and Mom

Alison, Amanda, and Mary strike a pose

left to right: Me, Mom, Steve, Mary, Alison, Gary and Amanda

On Monday night, the kid's watched old home movies from about 20 years ago. How sweet it was to see videos of Dad when he was younger and vital and lively. And also, there was video of Maggie, whom we also lost last year, sadly after a long battle with breast cancer. How wonderful that these moments are captured to share years later.

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