I often wonder what you would say. What would you have had to say about your beautiful Memorial Service, A Life To Remember. The service was wonderful. So personal. So you! Did you see the friends and family that filled the pews? Your childhood friends who are now old? Your sister and your brother. He looks so much like you looked in your younger days, don't you think?
What did you think of all those Boy Scouts and their parents. They filled two pews. And looked so handsome (and scared) as they sat quietly in their uniforms. And weren't you bursting in pride when Darian stood behind the podium and read The 23rd Psalms for you? His voice was strong and he looked great in his Boy Scout uniform.
And what did you say to yourself when you heard Pastor Gage belt out the songs you picked so long ago to be sang....My Heart Will Go On and The Old Rugged Cross. I wept throughout My Heart Will Go On. Because I know it will....your heart will be with my heart and we will go on. No matter that you are no longer here.
Did you hear those wonderful words that your friend Rick spoke about you. And were you as surprised as I by his needing to stop a couple of times and swallow hard before he continued. He's always so stern. And dry. Remember the time I told him that I never knew when he was kidding? He spoke directly to all those Boy Scouts and told them about how you lived the Scout Oath. He knew you so well.
And I'd love to hear what you have to say about the way Pastor Mark spoke of you. He knew how much you loved your grandchildren. He told all the stories...even the one about Harley's pony tail! And when Pastor Josh (whom you never got to meet) began to preach the Parable of the Lost Son did you feel that same hope that the sons that needed to hear this were listening hard? It was the perfect sermon for our family and for our loss.
The ceremony ended with the playing of Taps while the two Army guys who had traveled from Fort Riley folded the flag. I knew that you had tears by this time. We all did. It was the perfect ceremony. From beginning to end.
Safe in my heart and my heart will go on,