and what did I do? Well, the wife of my father’s best friend died last week and her funeral was today. So we got up at the crack of dawn and made the 2+ hr journey to be there for her funeral. We were almost to I96, which would get us there in under 2 hrs so we would have time to pay our respects to the family, when we saw the electronic sign announcing that the road ahead was closed due to an accident. So I got off on the next exit and went south to pick up I94, which would take us a slightly different way and be slightly over 2 hrs.
The weather was cold, it was starting to do that snow flurry stuff and if I couldn’t “hot foot” it down the road we would be late. And of course we hit 3 almost total white-outs on the way, as well as those folks who won’t drive the speed limit and won’t keep out of the passing lane either; needless to say, we were walking into the funeral home just as the organ started playing the music for the start of the service.
Afterwards we briefly met with the family and then headed out to the cemetery. It was cold and it was snowing but I didn’t mind it one bit. Snug in my long johns, thinsulate hiking boots, extra heavy coat, ear muffs and my hands jammed in my pockets on top of my gloves and mittens; I was as warm as hot toast. Of course the hiking boots did look a little crazy with my dress pants, but hey, at least I was warm!! The pastor said a few more words, we prayed the Lord’s prayer, he said the 21st Psalm and then that was that. I took the rose that was offered and went back to the vehicle where sweet hubby sat because he doesn’t walk so well on uneven ground covered in snow. I just couldn’t stay and watch them lower the casket; I can’t handle that just yet.
Back at their church we were fed lunch; now usually I don’t complain to often about food given freely at church meals, but this had to be the most bizarre luncheon I have ever attended. We had Swedish meatballs in a white gravy on noodles, cool baked beans, some pasta dish (I skipped that one), tossed salad – no dressings, assorted jello salads, cheese slices, rolled ham or beef slices, rolls and dessert. Our own church does a meal after a funeral, it is basic – meatloaf, green beans, mashed potatoes, tossed salad and dessert. The dishes today mostly didn’t go together – it was almost like a pot luck kind of thing, except their ladies’ group organized it.
After we ate, we did a little visiting with the people that we knew and then started the long drive home. We had to get gas because “hot footing” it there meant the vehicle ate more fuel than it should’ve. Then we started back the way that we came because we were going to stop in at the little one’s fiance’s apartment and drop something off for them. Had to leave the freeway twice on the way home and run parallel to it. Once was for a one vehicle and a jack-knifed semi-truck accident, the other was for an accident where one vehicle had hit the base of the overpass/bridge. I swear whenever the weather is the least little bit off, people drive like idiots!! I saw more people swerving, slamming on their brakes when no one was in front of them – then I would get up next to them and they would be talking on their cell phone or texting, one guy was just stuffing his face with food.
Now we are home and should be up in bed; but sweet hubby is sleeping beside me on the couch and I had to let you know all about my day.
Being at a cemetery on the first day of spring and standing there in a snow storm, well, that is actually pretty sad.
Hope you had a better first day of spring in your neck of the woods!!