Cliff took off work today so we could go to his cousin's husband's funeral.
I've gotten acquainted with Edna, Cliff's cousin, through correspondence in email. It's surprising, really, what you can learn about a person just exchanging emails. I've learned that Edna is big-hearted, hard-headed, and not afraid to tell you what she thinks. I can tell you that if you are crazy enough to harm one of her kids or grandkids, she might be dangerous.
As for her husband O.L., I hardly knew him at all.
I knew he worked with a former neighbor of ours, Mr. Jackson, years ago; and that our neighbor thought highly of him.
I knew O.L. was quiet, and always seemed to have a smile. That's about it.
But today at his funeral, I got to know him better.
One lady stood up and told, in tears, how Edna and O.L. took her in as a troubled twenty-one-year-old. She said they saved her life, and her soul, at a time when nobody else would have helped.
Two stood and tried to tell through their tears how, if they'd had to choose a dad, they'd have chosen their Dad.
Afterward, I told Cliff, "I didn't realize O.L. was such a great guy."
Cliff answered, "Oh yeah, everybody loved O.L."
After the funeral, we stopped by Cliff's Aunt Gertrude's house. The woman is, I believe, close to eighty years old, and babysitting several kids. One little girl is three months old, and I had a blast playing with her and making her giggle.
Then we went on to Jefferson City to see another of Cliff's aunts who's in the hospital there, his Aunt Faye. She was glad to see us, and Cliff got to chat with three of his cousins who were there to visit.
Before we went inside the hospital, I took this picture of the Missouri State Capital.
When we left, the view looked like this:
Oh, about my mom's pictures and keepsakes. I'm going to take the advice of some of my readers (I think Ora was one who suggested it) and have a box for my son, my daughter, and my sister (who will make sure her sons and grandsons get what's due them). I'll sort everything accordingly. I know there'll be a few things that go to cousins, so I'll probably have a shoebox labeled for cousins in general, and sort that out later.
That should work.