Sunday, June 3, 2012
Attending a funeral at Boal Memorial last Tuesday. For the mother of one of Mike and Kelly's good friends. First time back in that chapel since Michael's service. So many familiar faces. Seeing Kelly's family, along with numerous young men and women experiencing that great loss last year. Personally finding great comfort in reconnecting with them all. Despite the sad circumstances. Then later, flowers in hand, walking up the pathway into the forest alone. Towards the two plaques positioned side by side on the wall. Surprised and thoroughly heartened by the sight of so many of Kelly and Mike's friends already there. Followed by many more joining in. Recounting stories. Some tears. And laughter. Punctuated by quiet reflection. All acutely feeling loss. Then one young woman reaching down to the ground. Picking up a penny lying beside a pot of flowers. Directly in front of the plaques. Holding up the coin to show me. The two of us shaking our heads in amazement. Sharing a smile. Recognizing and appreciating the ongoing marvels.