Well, just got back from the funeral for Maggie's cousin Richard.
He had been sick for quite some time, and when he went to the hospital Maggie and I visited on two occasions, including the night before he passed away.
Last night was the wake, and though his family is Polish, not Irish, the feeling was one of more joy than sadness. His sons and daughters came in from New Hampshire and Carolina and Ohio, and there were plenty of Maggie's local relations there as well (her entire family lives within seven miles of my house. Literally.).
Mass today was a little sadder, but then, I always choke up a little at funerals. Must be the music or something. :)
Seriously, every time my family gets together it seems it's at a funeral. And now Maggie's family.
I think I will be planning a multi-family get -together soon, not on a holiday or anything but just to get together. You never know when, you know?
I've moved a lot - I've lived in Albany, Boston, Syracuse, Buffalo, San Jose, Sacramento, Buffalo (again!) and Chicago, with school in South Bend thrown in there for good measure.
Maggie has moved - um, never.
Her family has moved around but generally stayed within Arlington Heights or close to it.
So have a lot of my relations - they've never left the Syracuse area, even though they may have moved around a bit.
It's a different experience, a different lifestyle - but I think I'd like to see my brothers and sisters more often.
Of course, they live in Atlanta, Washington DC, and San Jose, so that kind of makes it difficult.
I don't know... it's just good to have family near. And when they're not, to make the time to see them/