oh look, it’s Monday again. Which means time for my weekly post? No, no. Let’s not make this a habit, self. But yes, I am slacking a bit in the blogging department. This time of year is so busy with so many things and to be honest, in the morning I don’t want to be sitting in front of my computer. Hence the sparsely spaced posts.
This weekend was the memorial service for my uncle. He passed away the weekend before Thanksgiving. Expected? To some extent, yes. But that doesn’t mean you’re prepared. He waged an intense battle against a particularly aggressive cancer that in the end took him very quickly. We are all so sad. He was an amazing man, father, teacher and generally essential member of our small family. I don’t think I can do him justice in a post, but it’s very strange that he’s not here.
The only bright spot was hearing from so many of his students and colleagues and friends that he made in his 51 years. He truly touched so many people, which is the mark of a good teacher I think. One whose untimely memorial service was jammed full of students and former students he taught at Santa Monica High School for so many years. He was the front man in a band in his youth, he was a wild adventurer, a philosopher, an inspiration to everyone he met. There’s no reason on earth that his life should have been cut short. Except that cancer sucks.
But I will say that as terrified as I was that my family would never be the same once he was gone (and we clearly won’t), I think we will be okay. And I know this because as sad as Saturday was (and the weeks that preceded), we still found moments of laughter. And for a family that thrives on silliness, things would have felt truly dire without those windows of happy normalcy.
My aunt asked me to make bookmarks to give out at his memorial. And I did have fun with the colored ribbons I tied on the tops of each. Sort of therapeutic, to be making something nice for people to remember him with, tucked inside a book I hope.
So that was the focus of my weekend. That and the surprising back pain that ensues when you wear heels all day when you’re 7.5 months pregnant and you haven’t worn heels since May.
If you’re in LA and haven’t been to Lincoln Fabrics in a while, I strongly suggest stopping in for their crazy ribbon and vintage trim selection. They have fluorescent ribbon people. It’s pretty cool. But warning, the store is not fancy, some of the fabric is decades old. Kind of like a scavenger hunt…
More soon, I promise.