Friday, August 27, 2010
I'd just emerged from a period of going to a lot of baby showers and before that a lot of weddings and wedding showers. I'd begun to hear about a lot of divorces.
Then there was a long spell, many years long, with only the occasional punctuation mark of a wedding, a baby, a funeral.
And now I go to more funerals than I used to.
My friend's husband died yesterday. She's one of my Circle sisters -- yes, she was raising a glass with us just the other night when we had our mu shu pork and drinks with umbrellas. He was President of our Church Council, a strong and thoughtful leader, a man with a gift of hearing all of the points of view and conversation and talk on an issue, and then filtering out the inanities and succinctly sum up what was going on.
It's been a week of hard things. Superimposed on our upcoming restructuring at home, I learned that a friend's son's faltering marriage has, indeed, ended; another young man I know and like so much has been served by his wife with unwanted divorce papers; and yet another young man faces surgery in a few days for what may very well be a cancer. And there's a young woman I know who is entering the phase of "separation" from her husband. And now this terrible loss -- for my friend, for our church.
My other friend Sherron is one for succinct remarks. In the face of unpleasant news, she's known to say, "Well, it's not cancer. And nobody died." In other words, "Keep your perspective." She wouldn't be able to say that to me if I talked to her today.
But she wouldn't be at a loss for words. Because she has another remark, "Hug your people. Hold your people."
That's precisely what I plan to do.
Posted by Nancy Stevens on Friday, August 27, 2010