This isn't really what this post is about.
But, then maybe it is in some respects.
I've had the desire to just go away.
Probably by car though.
Today was a day of remembering, celebrating and visiting with family.
Today was another funeral.
Maybe another funeral is part of the desire to escape.
My sister and I arrived early enough to visit the grave sites of our parents.
As we drove to them we noticed an unusual sight.
A coyote lounging in the sun among the grave markers.
Is that really...???
Yep, it is.
We have never seen this before during any of our many visits to the cemetery.
Then...wait...we spy another one.
Then a third.
When we speak to the groundskeeper, we learn that recent building nearby have displaced these creatures. We learn that there are about 3 or 4 living among the deceased.
They seemed not to care at all about the many visitors moving among them.
But, we did see a warning sign later!
The service was beautiful.
Grandchildren reading the words of others.
Children sharing their own written words.
All were remembering and celebrating a life very well lived.
The following chant (not attributed to anyone) really touched me.
It was read by one of the grandchildren, who started with the first phrase. The group read along in an every other fashion.
There is something very powerful and connecting about choral reading.
We Need One Another
We need one another when we mourn
And would be comforted
We need one another when we are in trouble
And crave help
Or when we are in the deep waters of temptation
And a strong hand might pull us out
We need one another when we would accomplish
Some great purpose and cannot do this alone
We need one another in our defeats
When with encouragement we might strive again
And in the hours of success, when we look for
Someone to share our bliss
And we need one another when we come to die
And would have gentle hands prepare us for the journey
All our lives we are in need
And others are in need of us
All our lives we are in need, and are in need of us
We best live when we bring to others
Our understanding and solace
Today was also the day to share these two treasures with my cousin.
They once belonged to my favorite aunt, his mother.
I've had them since she passed away.
I was seven at the time.
Tonight I took the time to write him an email that held the story of their meaning to me.
He doesn't have many of her personal belongings.
We talked about that once.
So, today it was time to share.
I love the marking on the top.
After treating myself to a little Chinese food tonight,
I read these two fortunes that summed up the day.
Lend a hand to one less fortunate than yourself.
You are eager to share yourself and your possessions.
As always, I am grateful for your friendship on the journey.
Photos by Nancy A. Erisman ©2013