I hope you’re prepared for this.  You’re about to learn more about me than you ever wanted to know.

First, something serious….

…I called my mom just as they were leaving Papa’s nursing home this evening.  First they took him to the little chapel inside his nursing home and told him that Grandma had passed this morning, then they took him to the funeral home where he got to say his own good-bye’s to the woman he loved for more than 55 years.  Mom said the funeral home did an absolutely excellent job ‘making up’ my grandma.  Her make-up was flawless, her wig was beautifully set and combed just like Grandma used to wear it; she looked like the Grandma we always knew, nothing like what we saw this week.

I asked my mom how Papa took it.

“He wept.”, she said, “He cried and cried.”

I tried to keep it together over the phone, like I always do.  I don’t know why that is.  Why do I hate for people to see/hear me cry?  I used to cry all the time.  I suppose it could be because so many people depend on ME to be the strong one; the one with the plan; the one to give the ‘silver lining’.  I don’t know.  I think it’s a ‘first born’ thing.  Either way, I kept quiet as the hot tears streamed down my face for the hundredth time today.

Then she said, “It’s funny you should call. We were just talking about you, honey.”

“Oh?” I said, knowing that something was going to follow that statement.

And I was right.

“Yeah, I farted in the car and your dad almost drove off the road!  He said, “Good Lord woman, there’s only one person in the world whose farts smell that bad and that’s your daughter!”

HAHAHAHAHA!!!  That was the first time I’d laughed in a few days.  It felt good.

And Josh will be glad to know I come by that trait honestly.

Bless his heart!

I probably just blew any misconceptions you had about me–out the window!!   I hope it made you smile too.  🙂