I think I need another retreat already!
The funeral for my Dad’s cousin Shirley was on Monday morning. Shirley was never married so many of the pews were empty. Cousin Elmer gave a good sermon, followed by another preacher…it was a “twofer”..two sermons for one service. The song books are really large and heavy…they have lots of songs to sing…many are translated from old Finnish songs.
The church is rural and holds many memories for me…Holy Roller Funerals with people wailing inconsolably and people jumping over caskets, funerals all in Finn and holding the songbook not knowing even one word. Trying to sing What a Friend We Have in Jesus in Finn. The melody is the same. Several of my uncles funerals were held at the church…and finally my grandfathers funeral. Many times it was a different kind of “twofer” first a service in Finn and then a service in English.
Shirley was a very soft spoken shy lady. She was my Aunt Lila’s room mate in the nursing home for many years. Shirley and my Dad were double cousins. Shirley’s Mom and my Grandmother were sisters and Shirley’s Dad and my grandfather were brothers. Shirley loved flowers and would visit the greenhouse with her sister every spring. When Shirley was growing up she had a speech problem plus she was shy. My Dad used to tell other kids that he was going to beat them up if they were mean to Shirley. Shirley was a year younger than my Dad. Shirley never learned how to drive yet she had a very successful career as a lab technician. Cousin Elmer told how when she first retired they needed her back up at the laboratory in Bemidji…she didn’t drive so they sent a cab to pick her up…60 miles one way.
We skipped the cemetery and the funeral lunch…although it smelled really good!
We stopped by the house and got Chance and did our errands in town and went to wood carving. Came home and washed my vehicle, grabbed some supper and went back into town to the Historical Society Program that was all about Earl Fuller’s home movies of the 1940’s taken in Park Rapids.
Stick a fork in me I am done…I will stay home tomorrow..unless turning leaves are calling my name.
Near Wolf Lake MN September 29, 2014