My aunt mentioned a very sad milestone today. Today marks 1 year since my grampa passed away. It is very bittersweet, he stayed with us longer than we all thought- everyday was a gift.
It just so happens that I am on vacation in the same place I was last year. I remember after saying my goodbyes and having a crying jag or 2, I was a little apprehensive about going away on vacation while he was slipping away, but I knew that he would insist that I go.
I remember that I was at the outlets in Kittery when I got the sad call. I just happened to be back there 2 days ago- almost the same location where I got the call. As I sat down and remembered, it was a sad moment, but peaceful too.
On Saturday my father's church will be saying a mass for my Grampa, my uncle who passed when I was 4, and my Gramma who passed away just 3 short months past. I will be sure to bring tissues this time. A family & friends dinner is to follow.
Time marches on, but memories of loved ones will last forever.
Special hugs go out to one of my best friends who recently lost a loved one of her own. Don't forget the special memories that you have of your family member.