My Grandpa's funeral reunited the family and allowed us an opportunity to remember and celebrate a man we all loved. Concurrently, we were all reminded exactly why we love our divas.
We visited my Grandparents' house and my mom sat in my Grandpa's old La-Z-Boy and held Josie. While this was a very difficult time for my mom, Josie's face always brightens her spirits...
...and my big sister's face always brightens my spirits. I had the privilege of taking Leanne bowling. Leanne bowled an impressive 74 (that's higher than any bowling score I've ever obtained)!
She sustained a minor bowling injury and in true Leanne fashion, milked it for all it was worth. Somebody call an ambulance!
That life threatening thumb injury was quickly forgotten when Leanne was reunited with her beloved Catfish with Ketchup. I had a heck of a time getting both of them to cooperate in posing for a photo so here's a little collage...
The funeral itself provided me with an enormous reminder of one of the reasons I love having Leanne around - she lightens the mood. And while she can certainly create her share of awkward situations, she can also diffuse them. Before the visitation started, they allowed the family to enter the room first and Leanne knelt down by the casket and said "Grandpa, I'm going to miss two things: the cake on your birthday, and the money. In the name of the father, son, and the holy spirit. Amen!" We all cracked up laughing. My Grandpa used to whip out his wallet and give Leanne a dollar every time he saw her. Come to think of it, he gave Leanne anything she wanted. If she wanted to go to Hardee's right now - he took her. If she was out of paper, he would run to the store and get her more - right away. Later Leanne admitted she was going to miss more than those two things - she was going to miss "everything".
In the car on the way to the burial, my mom got a little emotional and Leanne said "Mom, don't cry. You still have me. FOREVER!" It was so sweet and sincere. We all chuckled and my mom said "Leanne, you don't know how grateful I am for that." Ditto, Mom!
Our divas took an otherwise sad week and added sunshine, as they always do, and that's why we love them so much!