It is a sad commentary on life when it takes a funeral to bring families together, but it is wonderful how families do support each other and come together for anything where support is needed.
My favorite aunt died this week. She had Alzheimer's and has been out of it for quite a while. We talked about going to visit (she lived in Florida) but somehow never got around to making the trip. We've had the same talk with the cousins, but nothing ever materialized. Yesterday we were all together to say goodbye to this terrific lady. We reminisced and met new cousins known previously from encounters when they were babies.
The day was bitter sweet. We drove a short distance to Paramus and then Nyak but traffic was unreal and we spent over five hours in the car. Saying goodbye is hard, but being with my aunts, uncles and cousins was great. My aunt used to love having a house full of people. I'm sure she was smiling at us all and wishing she had cooked some goodies for us to be enjoying.
The picture above was taken from the rooftop patio of my cousin's Nyak house. He's been after us for a while to come visit and now I see why.