Camping in the Adirondacks 1930 style
Death Is part of life, or maybe just the end of life as we know it. So, this morning we attended the funeral of Marvin ‘Smoky’ Coe. He was Shirl’s boyfriend for a few years. Their situation was described by Smoky himself. He commented to me one day, “Shirl and I would like to get married, but we can’t find anyone who will have us.”
He passed away 3 weeks to the day after Shirl. They were not going together at the end. He had moved to Florida to live with his daughter. The two of them talked on the phone but never got back together. Thus closing an era that involved my sister.
I have inherited many of Smoky’s CD’s though, and many pictures. T'was sorta funny. His obit picture has him smiling big, I seldom saw that. He was always more solemn with very dry humor. Opposites must attract because Shirl was always laughing, smiling and cutting up. The funeral was the sad part (Although it is called a celebration of life)
BUT ending the day is different. In a few minutes we will head out to celebrate Grandson Ben’s Birthday. It will be a small group as much of the family has headed for vacation at the beach.
(Ben & Elsie with the wooden soldier looking over their shoulder)
Ben our first natural Grandson will be 36 years old in a few days. Jackie had brought Corey in by marriage a couple years prior.
Anyway grandparents already KNOW, so I do not have to tell you how special the feeling is to hold and love your children’s children, Darla calls them 'Grand Loves'.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY Benjamin Aaron Darnell. Ending the day on a very happy occasion. It is also bitter sweet, Ben and Elsie fly out toward Utah in the morning at 7:45 AM.