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Bon voyage

We had Pop's funeral Mass today up in Orange County. It went much better than we were hoping. Steve had been saying that few people would show up, but we had about 40 attendees, including his family from Arizona.

We started out from here just after 0600 and were seated at a Denny's at 0800. Denny's now has whole wheat pancakes, turkey bacon and chicken sausage, so Steve was delighted to be able to have breakfast meat in a resto again. (He is allergic to pork.) After that we joined Steve's older sister at Pop's old apartment, then went over to the church. I was wearing my ACUs and beret, and a Vietnamese parishioner walking with his toddler daughter pointed to me and said "Solza! Look! A solza!" We had a nice chat with an 80+ year old eucharistic minister who was about to bring the Sacrament to her husband and folks at the retirement community and she gave me a big hug when I mentioned I was an EM in Bagram.

In the meantime, flowers were arriving and Steve was amazed that we received four separate arrangements. Once Mass started I did the readings and Steve and I presented the gifts. The organist and cantor were just great, and our hymns were ones we knew Pop would have liked, pre-Vatican II hits "Holy God We Praise Thy Name", "Immaculate Mary" and "Holy, Holy, Holy." The organist wasn't sure she had the music, but she did, so the exeunt music was the Navy Hymn.

People stood chatting and reunioning in the lobby afterwards, so I suggested to Steve that we remove ourselves to Souplantation. Besides the fact that it's a big place where everyone can find something to eat, it was Pop's favourite lunch place. He even took my mom there after Steve's and my wedding.

So it was a bittersweet occasion, since we said bon voyage to Pop while at the same time reconnecting to relatives we hadn't seen in a couple of years. Steve told his Arizona family we'll visit in August after I'm back. Since I'll have de-mobed through Ft. Benning, it should be nice and comfortable weather.

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reginaterrae
Jan. 16th, 2010 01:52 pm (UTC)
Funeral are bittersweet that way. My family's all spread out, it's a shame that funerals are the only time we see many of the cousins. Not even weddings, nowadays, since the whole wedding industry has turned into such a scam it's too expensive per person to invite the whole extended family.

Prayers to help carry Pop on his way.
kallisti
Jan. 16th, 2010 06:26 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss....I don't know what it is about this time, but you are the third friend of mine who has lost their father in the past little while, and I nearly lost my dad last Saturday to a heart attack.
kishiriadgr
Jan. 16th, 2010 06:57 pm (UTC)
This was actually my father in law, called Pop, but condolences are appreciated.

Other subject, in the pagan group on Bagram, we have one Chaplain's Assistant who is a Discordian. I should post the spoof of "Night Before Christmas" he read at our Yule celebration.
gorski
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:22 am (UTC)
Requiescat in pace.

what was Pop's name, that I might pray for him?
kishiriadgr
Jan. 17th, 2010 05:43 am (UTC)
He went by Don.
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elevengirl
Jan. 16th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
I'm glad the service went well. And my condolences to all of you in this loss.
lucy_indisguise
Jan. 17th, 2010 04:14 pm (UTC)
Sorry for your and Steve's loss. We buried hubby's Uncle Billy on Thursday, similar story, quit school to go fight in WWII in the navy, made good for it when he came back. I think there were many in that situation and we were lucky to have them. Who knows, maybe they're having a reunion this week
kishiriadgr
Jan. 18th, 2010 02:06 am (UTC)
Where did Uncle Billy fight in WW2? When you mentioned how he had similar story I thought about an old sailors' reunion too.
lucy_indisguise
Jan. 18th, 2010 06:36 pm (UTC)
Uncle Billy was in Guam for 2 years
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