And so I headed hometo MA for about 5 days. My Dad and brother Matt met me at the airport, after almost 30 hours of travel, and after connecting with Mom and Bill back at home, everyone met up the next day for the wake and then the service on Friday.
I felt so lucky that Gram had provided such a wonderful family experience for all of us. We all spent the next 3 days or so just reveling in that...sharing memories and singing songs late into the evening. It's hard to say if it was the jetlag, or the consecutive nights going to sleep at 2:00 in the morning, but it wasa wonderful few days, and I was so glad I'd been able to get home.