Some of you out there may be observing St. Patrick’s Day today.
For me though, it’s the anniversary of the birth of my paternal grandfather (the only grandfather I knew); I think he’d have been 115or so. He made it into his nineties.
It’s also my parents’ wedding anniversary. My father died in 2000 (same day as Edward Gorey, and you know, you never ever saw the two of them together… makes you wonder, don’t it?); he was 75, and he’s not keeping track any more. Its likely not as sad a day for my mother as it has been in past years; she remarried three years ago, to man both my parents knew and befriended back when they were all teens together.
And closer to home (if not biology), today marks 13 years since the passing of Ghang, my canine companion of 18 years. Last March was the first year I’d had another dog since then, and I spent some time tell Gej all about her. He was very attentive and that was a great comfort.
Tomorrow I’ll head off to Lunacon, and tonight will be a flurry of last minute packing and panic, but somewhere in there I will find a bit of calm to sit with my dog and reflect on those who have gone before.
This day was a lot easier when it was just St. Patrick’s Day, and when it didn’t remind me of loved ones who have passed.
Tags: In Memoriam