Saturday, January 30, 2010

Two Wakes, Five Funerals and a Shower

A movie I liked very much was "Four Weddings and a Funeral." I don't think that the span of time in which it took place was a week, but in my slightly elongated week -- last Friday night to tomorrow afternoon -- I will attend two wakes for relatives of colleagues and I spent this afternoon at a bridal shower. There were also funerals for five other people I know, from just about every part of my life and throughout the country.

I am so glad that the shower has been on my schedule for the last two months. The bride is the daughter of a dear work colleague. I've known her since she was ten and it is a delight to see the lovely young woman she has become. The food was great, the company was warm and I even genuinely enjoyed the shower games. I won an adorable basket that was the table centerpiece for my participation in an "Iron Chef" game, and just like at birthday parties in elementary school, it's fun to have prizes at parties. It's also fun to laugh, to hug and to remember that even in the saddest week, there is definitely something to smile about.

I'm tired now. It may be working too many hours and the emotional overload of all that happened this week. It may be the two mimosas I had at the shower and the red velvet cupcake I ate just a little while ago, which was one of the shower favors. And it may be the combination of all of the above. But I am so grateful that in the midst of all that happened there was joy to embrace!

And to one of my dearest friends and dearest blog readers, Happy birthday to Kate! Wishing you the best of years, with health, much happiness and a wonderful new horizons -- including a trip to Montana. One more great time to look forward to. Love and hugs to you!

And love and hugs to all of you who come and visit, leave thoughtful and sweet comments and have made my life that much richer.  


Mimi said...

Hi Buttercup!!!
WOW what a week you have had, I do not think I have ever had a week like that one. So sorry for the loss of so many wonderful people. May the Peace of God fill your heart tonight. As for that bridal shower, what a fun way to end a sad week.So glad you won a prize!!!! And I LOVE Red velvet cupcakes!!!!!
Gosh eat it thinking of me!!!!

Roxie said...

Yummy - Red velvet cupcakes are my favorite, too!

I'm sorry for your losses - five funerals? My goodness.

Teacherfish said...

Sometimes when I add up the hours, I realize that I spend more time with my coworkers than anyone else in my life.

Sometimes when its 13 degrees the last thing I want to do is leave my home to share a sad or happy event.

But in the end I am glad to be in a community that supports each other's good times and bad.

(and also bakes red velvet cupcakes)
Stay warm

I'm mostly known as 'MA' said...

You have had quite a week. That would be stressful and I'm glad you had a bright spot there with the shower. Life is like that with constant changes and I'm thankful too that we have those happy moments. Hopefully some R&R will be in your Sunday before you head back to work on Monday.

^..^Corgidogmama said...

What an emotional roller coaster you've been on this week! Exhausting!
At least mimosas and cake helps....
hang in there dear BUttercup!

Chatty Crone said...

Sounds like an overwhelming week of emotions for you. It's good that in spite of all the bad around you - that you can see the joy and choice to dwell on that - while giving respect to the saddnesses too. Sandie

West Side of Straight said...

Hope Feb is a better month for you. We'll all feel better as the weather starts to warm up too.

Marydon Ford said...

May your week be full of warmth & joy ... you need it.

Have a beautiful week.
TTFN ~ Marydon

Ms Sparrow said...

Attending funerals and wakes is one of the grown-up things that seem to happen more and more often as we age. Thank goodness for weddings and baby showers!