The party turned out great.
A dozen of us for lunch.
Last week, G's brother in law died. The last husband.
Four sisters, four husbands, and now in 2012 three sisters remain.
Last week started with a funeral, a memorial mass and ending in an 85th birthday.
Aunt H. lost her husband of 68 years. SIXTY EIGHT! She is 88 and Aunt E is 91.
We weren't sure what to do about G's birthday. By the time you are 85, 88 and 91 you have seen loss. They have felt deep loss.
In this same week, they shared deep sadness and they were able to also share in a small celebration.
The baby sister turned 85 after all.
Small, intimate, and still joyful.
There is a lot to be learned from these ladies.
We got to the restaurant early and brought the outside in. I think it turned out really sweet.