I received news recently of two forever young sweethearts, in-laws, and dear ones, going to heaven only a few months apart.
The first time we met, my late husband was showing me off and getting approval of our marriage from his family and friends. His five siblings were next for first visits. and though I only had two siblings, my parents were both blessed with 20 altogether , plus spouses and children. My childhood was alive with many cousins. We were supers! Ever-present was the love - a spiritually rich matrix.
My fiancee said, three of his siblings are single, but two older sisters married with six and five children, respectively, the latest, twins! At first visit, across the state, I thought the eldest sister was a madonna, something from Mary Cassatt, as she fed the latest infant! Ah! She and her husband are gone for some years, but alive through their work and children. A few weeks later, we continued with the drive to Rhode Island to the second sister's - it is she and her husband who have recently passed away, so the memory is crisp and clear. The twins wanted feeding a bit early and everyone was in the kitchen.
The two eldest, boys, were enjoying a snack, the one lovely daughter was feeling flustered and her Dad, like Mister Incredible, was being her hero, fixing the issue - I will never forget his kind and gentle way with her - he was football and things like diaper duty were woman's work in the 60s, but he was ready and there. Then the main event: my sister-in-law-to-be had twin boy babies in infant-seats on the table and at super-speed was delivering baby-spoons of lunch to both ! And yet so calmly and quietly and even with some grace.
My jaw dropped! I believed in feeding on demand, but with five babies under the age of six, what happens on the day when they all demand at once? Tita kept apologizing for the hectic welcome - but I smiled and TOLD her I LOVED it and I think she saw I meant it. New Friends.
Many visits followed to our homes in Connecticut , New Jersey and Rhode Island and North Carolina - fine times ! Culture and sports, good talk and fine food - and our own son and daughter later added to the mix.
Lives were so full of the graces in careers and prosperity and health and joyful living ! Phone chats, holiday cards and gifts at any excuse. Yes !
Then one morning it ended to to my sudden and way-too-soon widowhood, the recession and empty nesting descending - all at once- the curse of Job. It was too much of course , but it was not allowed to be too much for me. I was glad I'd done emergency response and tons of child-related work- it was needed at home from me right now.
We recovered and re-designed things and we all did just fine . But since they have all passed away my hopes for easy reunions are gone. I hope to see them with God one day. What times we'll know again !
Here on earth, for two decades we knew unbroken bliss ! Not even death can undo us! New adventures, challenges, and loves!