Our parents were friends and made music together regularly. In high school we were also neighbors and went to the same school. We've always attended the same church. He and his wife were youth sponsors with me and my husband during the early years of our marriages. Our children were and are friends.
I pray that in these holy days of stark loss and gratitude for a life lived well, that this family will be surrounded and feel the care that others extend to them.
With that as the beginning to my long day, it is not surprising that the day was full of emotion and thoughtfulness.
For an introvert, I did the uncharacteristic thing.
I filled the day with people, from ten this morning until after ten this evening, with only brief breaks for hastily grabbed crackers and hummus for lunch and a peanut butter sandwich for supper. I enjoyed coffee with one friend, hot tea with another,…