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It’s been a tough couple of weeks for the extended family. Lost a young, accomplished, dynamic go-getter, a woman who touched many after a protracted battle with a late diagnosed cancer. Also lost a grande dame, family historian, humorist and the last of her generation in that family. And then a young nephew to a drug overdose. Only the last made us all ask what we could have done differently and what was missing.
Family and friends rally, children fidget in pews, there is a sermon about hope. Tears give way to stories and laughter. Babies and toddlers get hugged. We eat and reminisce. There is a familiar, healing rhythm. I like the sameness.
Death never seems to know he is losing.
Immortals can’t experience courage. Birthdays, heroism, even family photos are all only special precisely because we end. Even the anger and pain at the moment is human and meaningful and important to share. The quiet recovering joy in adult conversation beneath the sounds of innocence and playfulness of kids builds a kind of symphony of defiance and hope. It hurts but we still win. And get a little closer to what will always matter.Published in