bittersweet weekend

Do you ever have one of those weeks that you wish was over before it even begins?  It doesn’t happen very often, thankfully, however that was my mindset this time last Monday.  Much to my surprise, the week ended up flying by a lot faster than I expected it to, but at the same time, I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a bit stressful.

Most of the craziness centered around Anthony’s paternal grandpa.  Sadly, he passed away last Sunday after several years of not so good health.  The craziness came with trying to figure out a way to get to a funeral in Florida just days later.  Mostly in relation to boarding our dog and updating her vaccinations so that we could do so, but also the obvious plane ticket dilemma that, let’s be honest, you face whether the flight is in three days or three months.  We got lucky, and some decent tickets popped up last minute, and with Delta’s bereavement discount, we managed so find a relatively reasonable price.  Well, “reasonable” for airline tickets.  I’ll still probably have to sell a kidney.

This funeral, much like the one for his other grandpa last spring, while incredibly sad, was a bittersweet event.  A death is always sad.  No one wants to travel for a funeral.  However, I will say there is a certain positive quality that accompanies the sadness.  Not everyone can attend birthdays or holidays.  Sometimes even weddings can’t be worked out schedule-wise.  But funerals, while sad, always bring everyone together.

For starters, we only see family nowadays, a few times a year.  So this unexpected trip down to Florida for a sad weekend was met with and balanced out by getting to see Anthony’s parents and siblings.  All of his cousins from his dad side were all together for the first time in a decade.  We spent the weekend eating delicious Italian home cooked food and hearing stories about how cool his grandpa was.  And they got to know a bit, the man before the grandchildren.

We stopped at a beach from a vacation four years ago, and then ended the night with all of the grandchildren honoring their green thumb grandfather by planting a tree for him.

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It was a whirlwind, that’s for sure.  But I’m grateful for a beautiful weekend in Florida celebrating a life well lived. 🌿

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