Wednesday, December 12, 2007

Covered in snow

It snowed all day yesterday and today our town looks like a Christmas card. The sun is shining, it's freezing cold out, and everthing is covered in soft mounds of snow. Little piles on the fence posts, tree branches holding soft little piles of the stuff, all powdery covering the ground and perfect for snow angels.
This morning I'm leaving to go back east for a few days for my uncle's funeral. He passed away very unexpectedly on Monday morning. He and and my aunt are two of the most dear people in the world to me, and I'm grateful that I can be there with her. My brother is going with me.
Forty-six years ago this month, my brother and I were the ring bearer and the flower girl in their wedding. He was five years old and I was three. It struck me as one of those circles in life as I was making plane reservations for the two of us yesterday. I have a fleeting memory of standing at the end of a long aisle in the church, being told to walk in front of my aunt and uncle. I remember the full white skirt of her gown and her smiling down at me. I was so scared, but my mom told me to take Mark's hand. I trusted him implicitly, and once I had his hand, I was fine.
I've traveled a lot on my own and have no qualms about it. But when I called him the other day and asked, will you go with me? and he'd already decided he would, I breathed a sigh of relief. He'll handle the details of getting the car, figuring out where to go. I guess you're never too old in life to depend on your big brother.
Dan will hold down the fort while I'm gone. I'll be back on Saturday and there will be presents to wrap and cookies to bake. But for now, I'm going to savor the moments with my aunt and her family and being with my brother for a few days.
Ya'll hold down the fort here, too.

11 comments:

Stacy at Exceedingly Mundane said...

Oh, I'm so sorry about your uncle. I'm glad your brother is traveling with you - you guys be safe and take care. Enjoy the time with family and visiting everyone. I'm just sorry it's under such sad circumstances.

Be safe :)

Xandra said...

I'm so sorry about your uncle. I lost mine just about a year ago, and the grief still comes at unexpected times. I'll be praying for you and your family as you come together to celebrate and remember his life.

You are so right...we're never too old to depend on our big brothers! I'm glad you guys are close that way....

Becky said...

You made me cry. You just made me cry. I am not sure why. The emotion of the season, the circle of life thing, the precious relationship with a brother (I am the only girl in the family).

Maybe it is because 47 yrs ago I was the flower girl for my aunt, whose husband just passed away last spring. And I spent lots of time with her this summer and loved every minute of it.

I don't know. You just made me cry.

Safe travels. And I am so sorry for your loss.

Robin said...

I'm so sorry for your loss - especially at this time of the year. How wonderful to have a big brother to take care of you! I'm glad you will have him with you. I have younger brothers, but I am the oldest. And I have always felt like it is my job to "take care" of them!
Be safe as you travel and we will look forward to your return.
And you shared such a precious memory - it touched my heart.

Tristi Pinkston said...

I'm sorry about your uncle's passing, Karen. Travel safely.

Judy said...

I am sorry about your uncle. I am glad that you'll have someone with you.
Safe travels to you both.

Jen said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. And at Christmas. Your family is in my prayers....have a safe trip.

Bill said...

I'm very sorry about your uncle. It's nice that you and your brother will make that trip together and spend time with your aunt. I'm sure you folks will recount many happy memories that will be comforting. Be well, we'll look forward to your return, and you & your family will be in my prayers.

Jo and JD said...

Our love and prayers to you and your family. The loss of a loved one is never easy, but seems even more difficult to bare when it comes around a holiday. I am sure that you and your brother being there will make a world of difference for your aunt.

BClark said...

That is good that your Brother will be with you. How wonderful that you have so many good memories of your Uncle and will be able to share with your Aunt. To leave good memories for those we love, pretty good legacy. Travel safe, Barbara

gail@more than a song said...

I'm sorry about your uncle, it's always sad this time of year for funerals to me. My hubby just got back from Kansas for his uncle's funeral...his moms brother and she's lost 2 of her 3 living brothers this calendar year and she's sad.