Sunday, August 24, 2008
For a friend...
We went to a funeral this afternoon. It was the father of four brothers we're friends with. We took Emma along because 1. Grandma (who is also our local babysitter) was going to the funeral too. 2. I'm not interested in shielding Emma from death, since it's a large part of life. We don't go into gory detail, but we explain things on her level and she asks whatever questions come up. Plus, we didn't expect that the funeral would be too long.

Wrong. It lasted a full hour. I was a very nice service. Many family members got up and spoke about the deceased and I enjoyed their reminisces. However, an hour is a long time for a three year-old to sit quietly. We had our struggles with her, but overall she did pretty good.

Here she is dressed for the service: