Friday, January 23, 2009

Ohio Funeral.....

Well, I made my trip to Ohio and made it home in one piece. This was not a trip I had wanted to take or even planned on. But when a family member passes away.... you get in the car and go.

My Aunt Pat passed away on Sunday night in her hometown in Ohio. She was my Mother's middle brother's wife and was well into her 80's. But still it was somewhat unexpected.

I am very glad that I made the trip! I was able to connect with family members that I had not seen in a very long time. I met the children and grandchildren of my cousin and realized we have a lot more in common than I thought. It was funny to realize that we all have some of the same traits even though we have never REALLY been around each other. (ie... After cooking a big meal my cousin didn't have a place at the table. When I was trying to rectify the situation... her daughter said "Don't worry... when Mother cooks she never eats".... Hey I thought that was just me!

The private internment and the Episcopal service were both very nice. Being from the South, it takes a little getting use to to realize how different funeral/burial traditions are in different regions of the country.

I also got to see my share of SNOW. Around here everything completely shuts down when there is an inch or less..... but there.. the world was moving at a regular pace with over a foot of snow on the ground. It snowed an additional 2 inches the first night I was there but they seemed to think nothing about it. ALL the roads (except in the cemetery) are plowed before anyone gets up!

Thanks for all the condolences and safe travel prayers!


Angie ^i^ said...

Ann, I'm so glad you made it home safely. Once again, my condolences go out to you and all your family.

Whenever I go back up to WV (typically only for a funeral), it is interesting to see cousin's and other family members. I've not seen much of them since my childhood, yet it's very obvious by our mannerisms that we're all related. Though blood may travel, it's still the same.

Many blessings and I'm glad you're home!

Angie ^i^ said...

GORGEOUS picture by the way! I've not seen snow in like a kazillion years. I'd love to go play in it again some day.

Sue said...

Sounds like time very well spent, Ann. Don't you love reconnecting with family like that? It's so interesting to see the familial similarities despite years and miles of separation.
Beautiful snow picture! It's a different ballgame when you're in an area that's equipped to handle it.
Glad you made it up and back safely:)

Jim said...

Great photos of the snow Ann. Glad you made it back down South safely and happy to hear that you got to connect with some of the family.

Ann said...

The snow really was beautiful. But for some reason I didn't have the real desire to go frolicking in it. I felt safer on the plowed pavement just looking at it. Sure sign I'm now OLD and don't want to break anything.

I did have the desire to make some snowcream but the local folks looked at me like I had lost my mind. They apparently don't do that in Ohio. Boy are they missing some good stuff!