01.01.2013 - 01.01.2013
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As you read a week ago, Muriel's Dad passed away suddenly on the evening of December 23rd. As you may recall only Muriel made it home and the rest of us stayed in Europe due to logistics. Yesterday, December 31st, was the funeral. Since we are nine hours ahead these events occurred late in our day and I decided to preserve the 31st in Europe for observing Abby's Birthday and marking the change of years. We would mark Dad's funeral in our own way on January 1st.
This morning I talked to Muriel who was just ending her long day and the events surrounding putting Dad to rest. It was good to talk to her although it felt very strange to be apart at a time such as this. I found that during our sleep Marianne had sent me a link to 80 pictures and some video footage from the funeral. These pictures really helped us feel part of remembering Dad. We spent a long time looking through the pictures. We then read the wonderful eulogy Muriel had written. It was really good to hear the words. Hannah had also written something for the funeral and our friend Marianne had read it on Hannah's behalf. Calvin had made a video clip of this and Hannah said she wanted us to hear her words in the same way everyone else had--through Marianne's voice. It was a wonderful love letter about her Grandpa--it is a piece of writing that I will always admire her for.
We spent some more time looking at old photographs of Grandpa that I happen to have stored on my computer and then just shared memories about him, especially his quirks of taking everything to an extreme.
It is a cold, gray and rainy day today and we are going to stay indoors. The weather news is that the sun will return in all its splendor tomorrow. It all seems quite appropriate--tomorrow is a new day and a new beginning.