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Made good time on the thruway – got in last night early enough for Christina to make the end of her play practice (hopefully she didn’t lose her part). I think it showed a lot of maturity to cancel as many things important to her as she did to come with us.

I feel guilty having left most of my chicken cordon blew sandwich at the reception afterwards though – I was talking up a storm with my cousin’s friends and lost track of the time, as did my wife. And I didn’t even think to get a doggy bag. I don’t think anyone took any offense though.

It was a small but meaningful service, and St. Briget reminded me of my hometown church, SS. Peter & Paul where I got married. I did a reading from the book of Job (19:1,23-27a), Merry and Chrissy took up the gifts for offeratory, and my cousin gave a eulogy that couldn’t have been better done. The service at the cemetery was brief. The weather couldn’t have been better in my opinion, and I enjoyed walking with Son from the house to the restaurant, which gave me a chance to get to know him, whom I know is close to my cousin. And we all got to hug Pasha, my Aunt’s dog.

Merry wanted to drive the whole way, both ways, meaning just under 1,000 miles in 36 hours. The New York State Thruway – truly the longest road in the state. Beautiful coming back, as it was daytime and the leaves (more out east anyway) really are in full change, and the outcroppings on both sides of the state border are awesome.

All-in-all, it was good (as could be) to be there and visit, and even get to see my Aunt MaryJane, but we are glad to be home.