Is it wrong to say that? Shocking? I had fun at my mom's funeral today.
I'm a little shocked to hear myself say that. But it's what mom would have wanted.
The service was beautiful. The overwhelming turnout of friends, family and co-workers was truly touching.
The champagne toast given at the luncheon captured my mom's memory perfectly. Although, dear cousin David, it's andouille sausage not andale sausage. (Maybe you had to be there, or maybe it was all the wine and champagne, but it was one of the many moments that elicited way too loud laughter today).
The afternoon was spent visiting older family members that couldn't make it to the service. Honestly, I wasn't thrilled about going at first. But, I'm so glad I did! The stories they shared and the things I learned!
- It was "scandalous" that my mother got married in a mini skirt! Even though it was 1968 and the height of hippy flower power, how dare she show her legs on her wedding day!
- My mom played the guitar. Really? Check out this pic of mom rocking the Joan Baez look.
- I did not dream the gaudy late 1970's silver Christmas tree. My cousin has the same memory.
- Mom sent weekly pictures to my dad when he was in Vietnam of her growing belly when she was pregnant with me. He finally came home and saw me when I was 6 months old.
Tonight a few of us cousins met for dinner. Again, the wine was flowing and we were breaking bread together. And we laughed. And laughed. And laughed so loud the tables next to us were looking at us.
It was fun. And exactly what mom would have wanted.