Suzi (k00kaburra) wrote,

Grandpa's Memorial Service

It was a crazy sort of day.
On Thursday, my Mom and Dad drove down to Southern California to begin the finalize the details of my grandfather's memorial service. They met my Aunt Bonnie down there, and started the process of sorting through Grandpa's things.

This morning Seanie, Kenny and I all flew down on an early flight for the service. Once we landed at John Wayne airport in Orange County, we took a cab to the church where the service would be. We arrived just in time. There was a decent turnout for the memorial service; a lot more people came for Grandpa then Grandma's service back in 2003. Of course, Grandpa was really active in his church, whereas Grandma had Alzheimer's and lived in a nursing home place for her final years. But it was nice to see that he'd had friends down there, and hear some of their stories about him. Kenny spoke during the Remembrances portion of the service. I wish I could say that I didn't because I was too distraught or something, but I was just too frazzled with school and never put any thought into what I would say, so I didn't. Such is life.

Photo of my grandfather from when he was at West Point

Photo of my grandfather in 2007

After the service there was a luncheon. Some of Grandpa's relations had come. I'm not quite sure what their connection was, some sort of cousins? Anyway, they grew up with my grandfather in Mississippi. We took a photo with them:

Left to right: me, Kenny, Bland Richardson (cousin, 88), Aunt Bonnie, John Richardson (cousin, 84), Mom, Dad

Seanie and I flew back to San Jose in the late afternoon. I think we got back around seven? It's the weekend before finals, so I needed to hole up and study. The rest of my family will stay for several days and probably head back on Wednesday, I think.

  • Stress, illness, or ennui?

    Living under shelter in place for two months has led to a general malaise in our household. Every couple days I feel a little off, with a headache or…

  • The unexpected winner of the season

    At our bookstore, the one thing that everyone seems to be looking for isn't a new novel, or workbooks for their kids. While those things are in…

  • Left an important part of the day out...

    When I was listing my daily routine in my last post, I missed something important. The first thing that I do every day when I get home from work is…

  • Post a new comment


    default userpic

    Your reply will be screened

    Your IP address will be recorded 

    When you submit the form an invisible reCAPTCHA check will be performed.
    You must follow the Privacy Policy and Google Terms of use.
  • 1 comment