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Mini-Celebration in the Midst of Sadness

When we gathered in to Aunt Linda’s and Uncle Frank’s to mourn the passing of Aunt Theresa, there was lots of food to share and it kept pouring in from generous neighbors and friends and relatives.

Anna’s other Grandma, Marlene, sister of Aunt Theresa, Aunt Linda and Aunt Georgeann wanted to acknowledge the excitement and accomplishment of Anna(9) qualifying to swim Freestyle and Breaststroke  in the Junior Olympics in Ohio next weekend.  Marlene bought a cake- a 3 pound 12 ounce cake!  (We read the label, didn’t we Aunt Linda?)

Because the occasion was the gathering in and remembering Theresa who had passed, I never took my camera out of the car.

It didn’t seem like a time to take photos.  But of course when the cake came out and Marlene was videoing our singing Happy Junior Olympics to you, I felt compelled to take a photo and slipped out the trusty old iPhone and took one shot.  This is it.   Of course we are so proud of Anna. On the left standing up and smiling is her Mom, Erika. And cousin Shannon, in the red on the right was very gracious.  Lots of love and affection over this past week.

Cake

13 responses

  1. Joyce

    Way to go, Anna! That is such a big accomplishment in your young life. Best wishes in the competition.

    March 3, 2013 at 10:39 pm

  2. From my experience of bereavement there is the one happy experience (glimmer of light) of catching up with friends and family while celebrating the life of the one we have lost. Congratulations to Anna!

    March 3, 2013 at 10:55 pm

    • No truer words spoken. Xxooxx

      March 3, 2013 at 10:56 pm

  3. What a neat story! Thanks for sharing!

    March 4, 2013 at 12:27 am

  4. It is always welcome to have something positive to celebrate, or at least make note of, during a period of bereavement. It’s an unspoken reminder that Life does and will go on.

    March 4, 2013 at 3:42 am

  5. Kristin

    Congratulations to Anna! What a wonderful accomplishment! I agree, something happy is always a good thing in the midst of sorrow! And again, our thoughts and prayers are offered to all of you.

    March 4, 2013 at 5:54 am

  6. Celebrations help with the healing process.

    BE ENCOURAGED! BE BLESSED!

    March 4, 2013 at 6:37 am

  7. Sue Reinfeld

    I think her Aunt would have been pleased with her accomplishment and would have wanted her to celebrate. Go Anna.

    March 4, 2013 at 7:38 am

  8. Gail

    Those who love you are with you in times of joy and of sorrow. Congratulations to Anna. You Go Girl!!!!

    March 4, 2013 at 9:25 am

  9. Lois I. Greenberg

    Loss is always about sorrow but when we gather to say farwell, we nourish ourselves so that we havethe strength to go on. And the child whose own life is such a gift, leads us into an exciting tomorrow.
    You have an extraordinary family, Ruthe and the joy of it must balance out the sadness. Congrats to your Anna. Love, Lois

    March 4, 2013 at 10:31 am

  10. R.I.P. …
    I Wish I Was A Single Girl Again

    March 7, 2013 at 8:49 am

  11. That’s life – a time to mourn, and a time to celebrate, sometimes within mere breaths of each other. Congrats to Anna, and condolences to the family.

    March 9, 2013 at 10:04 am

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