Today I am going to be doing funeral things for Dad's little lady friend. I am so thankful I got one last visit, one last hug and one last "I love you" a few days ago.
Sometimes it was hard seeing her in the place where my mother should have been at family gatherings but I would have never made it through those last dark years without her faith and good humor. She saw things in the old man that I didn't and it helped center me on the worst days. Suddenly I feel like an orphan again out there in the big, cold world once again losing someone that loved me and it hurts. It really, really does,