There’s always a good side

Family gathering

The upside to a funeral (at least for us) is that you get to spend time with your family and see people you haven’t seen in a while. I wish I’d gotten one good photo of my aunt because the only one I posted doesn’t do her justice. She sat with us night after night to hang out and enjoy each other’s company. We only gave her the tiniest sip of bourbon or scotch, but she drank it with us and we ate and talked and spent time together like we never do otherwise.

I don’t get to see my cousins that often. A lot of them are married now, some of them have families. We’re all adults with our own lives. In the last few years, we only get to see each other at weddings and funerals. I guess that’s probably normal for many families.

Whenever I get together with my cousins and their kids, it makes me want a bigger family. My cousins’ girls are so incredibly sweet and wonderful. I got to do homework with my 7 year old 2nd cousin on Sunday night — something I never got to do with Josh — and I loved it.

I’m lucky I have such a large family. I’m glad we get together when we do. It’s not always the happiest of circumstances, but the fact that they’re there for us and for each other is beautiful.

In a year and a half, my grandmother will turn 100. Now, that’ll be a party to be remembered :)

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