When I was a little girl I would sometimes lie in bed at night and be afraid of losing my parents, especially my mother. I would try to figure out how old I would be when she died (she would die at the age of 100, I was sure) and how many years away that was. Knowing I had 70 more years to go was comforting to me. I only wish that had been true.
For her memorial service we had a lovely dinner in the local Hilton hotel. Many relatives came and a good time was had by all. I saw cousins I had not seen in 30 years. But most important of all, my dad was pleased at how nice the evening was, how nice a send off it was for my beautiful, elegant mother.
I also found out that the family is more varied than I thought. Here is list of some of the occupations of assorted cousins and relatives:
Lawyer and law enforcement officer
Ceo of some company or other
Owner of advertising agency
Owner of printing company
Professional lady wrestler
Labor and Delivery nurse
Municipal maintenance worker
Secretary (whoops, I mean executive assistant)
Head of Chemistry department at large university
Teacher at New England prep school
Housewife and mother to adorable kiddies
Mailman (in the old days before they started shooting the place up)
High Fashion Model
My favorite, of course, is my cousin's daughter who is a wrestler for the WWE.