comfort and thanks

Last Monday, I believe I wrote something about the week ahead, how the possibility of the days to come was to be treasured. And now that last week has come to fruition, I can’t help but look back at those words. What can be treasured when one spends the day in a funeral home? Actually, it is days like today that make “thank you” such an important part of life.

Day 27 – 5 thanks for this day

1. universal design – our home was designed under these auspices, and the open floor plan allowed us to reposition furniture in our ranch-style home so that we could set up tables and chairs to host 40 people… it was such a blessing, for the first time in the five years we’ve been here, to have the chance to really put to full use these possibilities.

2.
my generous parents – “How can we help during this time? Let us know.”  We responded, so my parents picked up the food we had ordered, then helped set it up in our home. Then they served with a smile.

3.
church friends – so many came to the visitation at the funeral home this afternoon, and many also offered to help with our dinner this evening. The words of comfort and wisdom were so meaningful to T.R.  And to me, as I also work to support my husband and grow in faith.

4.
forgotten gifts – several years ago, we sent Tommy a photo book with pictures of the two times we had seen him when the girls were younger. He generally ignored the things we sent, or so we were told. They had moved and downsized, so I was shocked to see these photos on top of the casket, with those of other grandchildren. It was a blessing to see that our children really did matter to their grandfather…

5. Subway sandwiches – what a blessing to be able to order trays of sandwiches, toppings and condiments, all prepared by a local branch of a national eatery. It was a wonderful spread for family, and it relieved so much stress of food preparation.

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