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Lions, Lambs and funeral luncheons

Mother Nature has been mercurial again – here March roared in like a lion, with freezing temps, bitter cold, blowing snow and lashing sleet.   All this after a mid-February warm up to nearly 70F.  The latest round felt like a mid-winter spanking. Are we safe to assume March will leave like a lamb?  I’m not so sure.

A friend passed away last Sunday ~ shockingly young, leaving a wife and two children plus a business and employees to take care of.  We struggled to absorb the news and rally around our friend.  As expected, a call went out for food and folks didn’t disappoint.  At the wake Friday night, were crocks full of hot foods like meatballs, macaroni and cheese, Sloppy Joe’s, Fettuccine Alfredo and Lasagna plus trays of cakes, cookies and squares, salads, raw vegetables, fresh fruit, deviled eggs, boiled shrimp, crackers and cheese, a  baked ham and the fixings for sandwiches.

There’s something so comforting about being able to help at a time of sadness. 

Many commented on the abundance of foods and I thought of Mom and my Auntie and all the times they’d done the same. It’s nice to be part of a community that comes together and provides sustenance when needed.

Later that evening, reflecting on the day, Hubbs and I chuckled at how we’d both observed the same thing: older gentlemen – every one of them had a big slab of cake (sometimes two), cookies or brownies on their plate ~ we laughed about how we could see my Dad or his Grandpa doing the same – how they knew enough to”go for the good stuff first.

Co-mingled in the sadness is a lingering feeling of fellowship, the memory of a room growing loud with laughter and toasts to a good man.

And as the wind howls outside here today, no lambs are in sight.

**   How does your family or community navigate loss?  Are you experiencing Lambs or Lions where you live? **

 

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7 thoughts on “Lions, Lambs and funeral luncheons

  1. So true how wonderful it is that a community comes together to support a grieving family. I smiled at your observance of the guys going for the good stuff first! Again, I’m so sorry for the loss of your friend.
    As for our weather…..a week or two ago, we had spring….temps in the low 70’s. This morning, we had snow. It didn’t accumulate, but it sure came down fast and steady for awhile. Pretty, but I’m ready for winter to leave now. I’m hoping March goes out like a lamb!

    • it was a universal sight – the guys heading for the good stuff and the gals sorting & serving!
      Can’t believe that was only a week ago, feels like 6

      Spring is here now I think — we’ll see! MJ

  2. The “luncheon” after the funeral is a reminder that life still goes on, even though someone close to us has died. Food, drink and stories are good balm for the aching heart. As far as weather, Cincinnati has been more gloomy, damp and cool than it normally is. The two-week forecast has only one day of sunshine. Time to find some videos of the Bahamas on YouTube.

    • I agree – a good reminder that life goes on and people still need sustenance. We hit temps near 70 yesterday, rain today – I’m off to a baby shower soon. Spring is in the air !!

      MJ

  3. Lionish today. Hope that was the last of it! LOL Sorry for your loss, but glad the family has a community to surround them with love at this time.

    • yes we’ve had a bit of all — it was near freezing 3 days ago and near 70 yesterday – mercurial!

      thank you for your kind words Patti!! MJ

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