The words of the day were "Pop would have loved this." He was a socialite at heart.
The memorial service was beautiful – full of jazz music, songs, hymns and stories.
We went to pick my grandmother up this morning and everyone was dressed to the nines
Including Hilton the Bear
Upon arrival to the church, there were touches of Pop everywhere, and jazz music danced through the air
We greeted my grandmother in the study and were surrounded by her beautiful paintings
Each one features the holy spirit in the form of a bird –
The service was beautiful – words spoken and music played and sung captured Pop’s essence. I was touched to remember how he would look at you, smile and nod during a church service. A secret shared between you.
Afterwards, we greeted friends from near and far over sandwiches and cookies
Uncle Mel, who turned 100 this year
Matt and I shared a duo of plates and tastes
After the service we took Gram home and the cousins met for a little exercise – in the form of Mall Walking!
We walked throughout Towson Town Center for over an hour, greeting animals in the mix
This evening, we rendezvoused at my aunt and uncles for a meal of Pop’s favorites: Fried Chicken, Mac n Cheese and Salad.
Uncle Chris led us through a wine tasting of Australian varietals
Izzy and Winston are the cutest dogs I’ve ever seen!
For dessert, we popped open some bubbly
And Aunt Mary Ellen’s Bread Pudding, split 2 ways with Matt
Because they doubted I’d put it on KERF, Butterfingers are GOOD!
And we toasted, to Pop
With an Armagnac from 1945 (1945?!)
Strong, but goes straight to the soul
Honorary toast #2 was a whiskey from 1918 – the year of Pop’s birth
We raise our right hands!
I have inherited back Pop’s KERF sweatshirt – will miss him so much.