|a wildER Irish Rose–you were the wildest|
|catholic school days. both our families messy and loud and happy.|
Our family friend Maureen died this past weekend after battling cancer. These are my letters to her before and after her death. She was like no one I ever met in anyway.
I can’t think about anything else but you. I want to ask you a hundred things… How did you raise your family so well? How do you have so much fun in life? How did you learn not to take yourself so seriously? How do you make everyone feel comfortable in your home?
I want to always have ice cream in my freezer like you did when I was over. I want to use my finger to get it out of the scooper like you did too. I want to have antiques around my house like you because they have more meaning and history and character. I want to laugh and snort. I want to drink beer with my friends. I want to let kids be kids. I want everyone to look forward to the day I drive carpool. I want to help my passengers study for the spelling test. I want to make them still feel good about themselves even when they spell a word wrong. I want to love dogs and put my family first. I want to wear crazy costumes and embarrass my kids. I want to have sleepovers at my house and let the kids stay up late and play video games and sleep on the floor and shoot headbands at dolls and maybe even say a few bad words. I want to be forgiving like you. I want to be loyal like you. I want to be silly like you. I want to be curious and sensitive like you. I want to love completely like you do.
I want to tell you the shower you threw me for my wedding was perfect. I’ve been looking through all the pictures today. I really should have kept my legs closed during the present opening part! But anyways…. Remember how you made sure everyone used something re-usable and creative to wrap their gifts because you knew it went with my eco-friendly theme and tendencies? Remember how you wrapped the cutting board you gave me in our catholic school’s P.E. clothes? You get me.
I have loved you since I met you and I will love you forever. I only think of happy things when you are in my mind.
|this is when you gave me a random sock monkey wine koozie. I love it.|
|wedding shower at your house 2011|