I attended the funeral of the great lady I had discussed in an article last week. It was sad but it was also great to see so many people socializing from so many different walks of life. It reminded me of why we live our lives and how much of a ripple effect we make without even realizing it. The room was filled with people of all ages. I think what the greatest scene for me was watching the innocence of the few children in attendance. This led to discussion of some of the things children have said. Whether they were grandchildren or nieces and nephews, it didn’t matter. Everyone had a story. These children shaped and changed the entire mood of a funeral and the greatest part is they have no idea what they have done.
I spent a good five minutes mirroring a three year old child from across the room. Everything she did, I would do in return from 20 feet away. Smile, frown, lift my left leg, cover my eyes. Back and forth we went. I am sure many people in the room thought I was insane but I couldn’t care less. I was finding light on a very dark day. Finally she stood up and then I stood up. I pretended to take a step forward and she ran laughing to her mother’s arms. Just like that, my heart was ten pounds lighter. And the mood spread around the room. The priest was over an hour late for the service but many people remained, chatting and celebrating the life of Helen Miriam Cummings Price.
The service went by. The tears did not come until my Girlfriend’s young niece was lifted up to kiss the box that contained her Great-Grandmother’s ashes.
Then many of us adjourned to the late Helen’s house. It was there that everyone truly celebrated Helen’s life. A little bit of snacks and some delicious desserts combined with a few beverages and the oldest there were the life of the party. I could only hope that I still party that hard once I hit their age.
This day showed me many things. Mostly you can actually see the circle of life in all its different stages by just sitting back and observing everything. It reminded me where I want to be in ten years. It reminded me what’s important in life. It reminded me to never settle and strive to reach my goals, to stay true to my heart.
I invite you to do the same. Celebrate every day and shoot for the stars. Helen only had one life and she lived it to the fullest on her own terms. I hope when I pass, people could say the same thing about me.