- Virginia Woolf
|Bracelets for Josh - Each person received one|
Green in support of organ donation, Purple in support of a cure for CF
Can my life get any more manic? I almost hate to suggest that to the Universe, for fear of getting a good laugh along with another illustration of just how moody it can be.
The last six months or so have been full of ups and downs, radical changes in the very atmosphere surrounding me, and mood swings of epic proportion. I've experienced tremendous personal losses, which have been juxtaposed with days of incredibly joyous occasions.
Even the weather patterns have reflected the manic nature of the season. Incredibly beautiful days and gossamer nights have given way to nasty storms, damaging hail, and the worst tornado season in history.
For me, this has been a season of debilitating lows and exhilarating highs. Has it been this way for everyone?
Another example of this zenith/nadir/zenith/nadir season is occuring this week. After a beautiful and bittersweet day in celebration of my great-nephew's life on Saturday, I rose early to accompany The Graceful One on an overnight excursion to Georgia to do a little apartment shopping in advance of her arrival in August. After our day of tears and grief and pain mixed with joy, we had a peaceful Father's Day spent in the car with The Graceful One's dad, enjoying the increasingly idyllic landscape as we drove south. We'll look at some good housing possibilities this morning, and make the nine-hour trek back to Weldon Spring later today, arriving back home (hopefully) before midnight.
I wonder what the next day will hold?
This song will now forever stay with me as "Josh's Song." The memorial for him was filled with beautiful music, sung by his brother, his step-sister, and his step-mother. All were amazing and loving tributes, but this song was the last one sung, and it was sung by the entire gathering, accompanied by Josh's friends on guitars and drums.
The final verse was sung a cappella in a poignant but joyous farewell. We love you, Joshua.
This is "I'll Fly Away" sung by Alison Kraus.