#SOL18: It was THAT day!

It was that day!

The internet would not connect.

Fortunately, I had time to wait.

Unfortunately, I was still waiting 20 minutes later.

It was that day!

The password was “BAD Password.”

Fortunately, it was posted on the bulletin board.

Unfortunately, it was s-s-s-s-o-o-o-o slow to connect.

It was that day!

The bagpipe music was the prelude.

Fortunately, the tunes were recognizable.

Unfortunately, it was melting the ear wax of all in the church.

It was that day!

Three of my siblings were there!

Fortunately, even my sister arrived five minutes early.

Unfortunately, it was hard to save enough seats.

It was that day!

During the last speeches the lights went out and RAIN poured down.

Fortunately, a light on the phone allowed the speeches to continue.

Unfortunately, it continued to rain.

It was that day!

The rain was pelting down like thin knife slivers at precisely 55 degree angles.

Fortunately, I had an umbrella.

Unfortunately, it was in my car back at Mom’s.

It was that day!

Everyone eventually braved the monsoon.

Fortunately, the coffee was already brewed and lunch was prepared.

Unfortunately, the lines were long due to the many family members . . . (8 children, spouses, 24 grandchildren, 33 great grandchildren and 1 great great grandson) and then all the rest of the cousins, aunts and uncles, family and friends).

It was that day!

Lunch was great, the lights returned, and it was time to head for the cemetary.

Fortunately, the rain had stopped and the processional proceeded across several county lines.

Unfortunately, only 8 vehicles pulled off the side of the road and waited patiently, courteously, and respectfully for all to pass through.

It was that day!

The cars filled the driveway in a neat and orderly fashion.

Fortunately, the rain held off until the graveside services were complete.

Unfortunately, the rain was steady as the grandsons and great grandsons closed the grave.

It was that day!

A day to celebrate the life, adventures and passions that were a part of my aunt Emilie!

Fortunately we were asked to “Please honor Emilie by enjoying a strawberry margarita, a bowl of your favorite ice cream, or some extra lap time with your grandchild.”

Unfortunately, it was raining again by the time I arrived home . . . filled with sorrow for our loss but with some comfort from our fellowship.

How was your day? 

Were you able to balance “fortunate” and “unfortunate”? 

What tipped the scales in your favor?




Thank you, Betsy, Beth, Deb, Kathleen, Kelsey, Lanny, Melanie, and Stacey for this weekly forum from Two Writing Teachers. Check out the writers, readers and teachers here.                                                              slice of life 2016

 

 

 

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6 responses

  1. I loved how the pattern of your writing emphasized the feeling of balance and bittersweetness! I also liked the way your details kept me guessing as I tried to figure out what day it was. I’m impressed that you pushed yourself to write after such a day!

    1. Thanks, Jennifer. I was actually going to use a couple stories from the day . . . But while driving, I went back to the rudeness of folks who had to barrel through the processional and then I found the format!

      Writing helps clear out my brain for the next adventure and it’s a full week for sure!!! 🙂

  2. Unfortunate things unfortunately happen and usually at the most inopportune time. However, within them we wouldn’t be able to recognize the fortunate things that happen in our lives and appreciate them for what they are. Glad you were able to find balance in what must have been a difficult day.

    1. Thanks so much- and yes, need a little rain to appreciate the desert! Have really been playing with patterns and comparisons for a bit now. So many ways to frame them!

  3. Should be “without them” not “within them”.

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