The church was full as people gathered to say good-bye to Sonja, a loving mom of my childhood friend Mari (pictured far right). My memories of Sonja are woven throughout my elementary school years and I am especially thankful for the time she took to organize and, along with a half dozen other moms, taxi a full car of us kids to and from school everyday! After our tears flowed, I had an opportunity to see childhood friends I had not seen in too many years.
I reminisced with my 1st grade teacher who has aged very gracefully in the past 30 years since I was in her class,
and caught up with my 6th grade teacher who is just as beautiful as ever.
The happiness of attending and connecting comforts the grief of loss.