Everything this weekend was really nice, even if it was hard on everyone. My uncle delivered a beautiful eulogy which I wish I could recreate here in detail. I got to see my cousin again, and her mom, who both looked great, I have not seen them in years. I was impressed with what a beautiful young woman cousin J has grown into. It sounds cliched, but it's true. One thing I know from this weekend is that I'd really like to learn something about preserving photos so that I can properly store and mount in albums the ones we have from grandma. Jack was wonderfully kind all weekend... I don't know how he puts up with me.
At the funeral, I was moved to see several people, friends and peers and proteges in the real estate business, stand up to talk about my grandmother. I don't think I ever appreciated how hard she worked and how much respect she'd earned from her colleagues. It was only a few years ago that she closed her last deal. That's something like 50 years in the business. When she started, she was the only woman in her office - quite a different story from today. I try to imagine what it was like, running the house, cooking for her family, all the while waking up in the morning and putting on the armor for the business day - the makeup, the suits, the heels. It's hard to wrap my head around.
There were a few bright moments of fluff over the weekend. One was as we were driving home, about to hit the tunnel when I saw a Geo Metro that had been modded to have a pickup bed in back... in the sense that the guy had chopped off the cap of the back half of the car. I flashed the peace sign at him and mouthed "awesome car dude!" and he nodded knowingly. Seriously, this lifted my spirits for a full half hour. It really does take simple things to make me happy sometimes. :)