I just got back from Sioux Falls attending the funeral of my cousin. What a day.
We woke up at 5:00 this morning and got everything together and left at 5:30. Drove the 5 hours there and arrived around 10:30. Visited with my Aunt and other cousin. Talked about the good memories we had and how exactly my cousin passed and what happened in those few short weeks.
We waited around then for some other family members to arrive (so they could follow us to the funeral home–even though Sioux Falls is small, you can get lost easily) We then arrived at the funeral home and I was able to see my cousin’s body and say goodbye.
I wasn’t ready for what I saw. She looked beautiful, but she looked so old. You could tell she fought a long hard battle with cancer. It was tough seeing her so old. I always remembered the vibrant young woman who was always joking and laughing. She looked so different lying there.
The minister came and took the family to a separate room where we all had a private quiet prayer (except where a cousin’s cell phone went off and he decided to “talk” to them on the phone during the prayer–I really hate cell phones! At least he went to the other side of the room. Although we could still hear him)
Then we were lead back to the chapel and had the service. The service was very nice. (Except when another cousin in that same “cell phone” family–his phone went off in the middle of the sermon and was talking to someone–did I mention I really hate cell phones.…or should I say the people who don’t know how to turn them off in important places!)
Other than that it went well. We all headed back to the house for refreshments. A few other cousins finally found the place and we visited with them.
Pretty soon 4 pm rolled around and we had to leave to start back. Our “late” cousins followed us and we all stopped at Burger Time for BIGGER BURGERS! I love those things. We finally have 9 in Minnesota. We sat around and talked some more and caught up. We got the REAL story and not made up ones about the family (that never keeps in touch with us!)
Something I don’t get is why family feels that is has to lie to us and not tell us the truth about what is going on in their lives. Your my family, I love you know matter what is going on (well, maybe). UGH!
Then we left Sioux Fall around 5:45 and got home at 10:15. Stopped 5 times for potty breaks. So I am beat. Talk to you tomorrow!