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Monday, June 25, 2012

Family-Oriented Weekend

This past weekend included lots of family time.  We drove to Millinocket, Maine, to attend a funeral.  One of Mr. Eva's cousins' wife passed away.  The lady was only 61 and had been sick for some time.   I did not know her, but Mr. Eva doesn't have many relatives, and we decided it would be appreciated if we went.

He has one aunt left; she is 92 and so sharp, we were amazed.  She's just a tiny lady and so cute!  I did know her and had seen her many times.  She is the widow of Mr. Eva's father's brother, and it was her daughter-in-law who died.  She hugged us tightly and thanked us for coming all that distance(about 4 hours drive one way) .  We went to the wake and then to the funeral service on Saturday morning.  Mr. Eva saw several relatives and friends he hadn't seen in some time.

We also went to dinner with two other couples who are long-time friends of his...since just after high school.  (And as he graduated in 1958, that's a long time to be friends!)  We also spent the rest of the evening with one of those two couples.  The 4 of us have been friends for 23 years.  It was great to talk and laugh together again.

We drove back to Saco after the funeral on Saturday, and were able to attend a surprise birthday party for my youngest son who just turned 39.  That was great fun--lots of great people, rockin' music and amazing quantities of delicious eats!  (We're talking baked beans, sweet and sour chicken, kilbasa in barbeque sauce, coctail franks, potato salad, pasta salad, tossed salad, finger rolls, chips and dips, crackers and cheese, rum punch, beer, bottled water-- a veritable feast!)  The birthday boy's fiance knows how to throw a party.

 I was sad that we were so tired from our trip that we left early.  We old folks collapsed in bed and slept for at least 10 hours!!!  We're just not as young as we once were!  Such a pity.

All in all, we had a very family weekend, which made it all quite special.  Hope your weekend was a good one, too.

EVA

9 comments:

Stephen Hayes said...

Your two events this weekend really were different in nature, the sadness of a funeral contrasted by the joy of a loved one's birthday. Quite an emotional stretch.

Kellie @ Delightfully Ludicrous said...

It's nice that you got to catch up with so many people. I hope I'm still friends with my high school group after such a long time.

Brian Miller said...

nice...sounds like a fun weekend...minus the funeral...that is a bit sad but having family together for it nice...

was a quiet weekend...fam was away so i entertained myself...

Terri Sonoda said...

Sounds like a good weekend for family, Eva. And that food makes my mouth water! I had a quiet weekend. All my family stuff was last week, but I'm still resting up. Have a good week, my friend!

A Beer for the Shower said...

You just made my mouth water.

(The food, not the funeral. In case there was any confusion)

agapewoman said...

Isn't it weird when you see family at a funeral, you feel bad and make promises to do better? My brother died in 2010 and I promised I would get back. I'm gonna do better. The party sounded like a ball! I would probably still be sleep.

Pat said...

Funerals bring family together. It's nice to see everyone; too bad it's over a sad occasion.

The party sounded fun, and the food delish!

Sue said...

It sounds like a lovely weekend, despite the funeral.

=)

Nancy Thompson said...

Even the saddest of occasions can bring people closer together. I glad you made the trip and had some nice connections.