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Day of the Dead

Last night Gpa and I saw Groupo Yaoyollohlti Aztec Dancers at the garden for a Los Dias de Los Muertos celebration.

I had originally planned to watch.  Then I read the email and saw that we could bring a picture of a loved one that is no longer.  I took a picture of mom and Gma.  They were probably the best part of Gpa’s earlier life.  We lost them within months of each other over 18 years ago.  It’s hard to fathom that much time has gone by.

Still miss them.

I’m glad I took the picture.

The evening was really two events.  First was a  Velacion or vigil.  Each person in attendance had an opportunity to sing with a drummer.

I sang Sanctuary.

Most everyone else sang in Spanish and while I listened I  thought about mom and Gma.  And I realized that when Gpa passes away, he’ll be going where they are.  He’ll be in good hands.  I guess I’ve been thinking he’d be going to some void.

But not any time soon.

Then there was dancing. It was great to watch and Gpa was able to stay til almost the end.  We went in and got him a cup of coffee.

I plan to take my dad’s picture next year.

I like the idea of honoring loved ones who have gone on to the next thing.