Captain’s Log 5,873
I went to a memorial service for an old friend yesterday and delivered one of three eulogies. What an honor it is to be part of someone’s last celebration. She was there in her little box on the podium. Not sure what the family plans to do with her ashes, but my guess is they will scatter them at sea off the coast of Mexico. It was her favorite place.
Going to services like this always gives me pause to reflect on the impact we have on each other’s lives. It also drives home the message that we really aren’t around for very long. It’s important to make each moment count. It’s important to reach out beyond ourselves and stop being selfish and self-centered. As difficult as these moments are, they are also treasures.
So I release Little Miss Kaye, 91 years old, dancer, teacher, mother, sister, grandmother, and friend. We had a great run of friendship together for almost 23 years. We had good times and not so good times. That’s the way life works. She will be missed.
And yesterday, I got word that another friend of the family has passed away. That service is tomorrow. Once again, I find myself blessed to be in attendance. We live in community, and a community says goodbye.
So much to think about right now.