Jody’s Celebration of Life is on Saturday, two days from now. And my brain is messed up. I still cry for Jody every day. That’s a blessing for me, not a mess at all. It’s all the other stuff that intrudes.
I want lots of people to come. But I have no control over that. It could be 50. It could be 200. I’m trying to let go of the numbers. I know what’s true is that there will be a lot of love in the room. That’s what’s important. Love for Jody. Love for me. Love for the loved ones of the loved ones attending. It’s going to be a Celebration of Life … Jody’s life, of course, but also of life itself. What a precious gift we’ve been given to be on this planet, to contribute to the lives of others.
I want to laugh a lot on Saturday. I have some funny stories about my lovely wife and I hope that I’m rolling in the aisles as I listen to her friends talk about Jody’s smile and fun spirit. But I will cry too. And I worry about crying all the way through the ceremony as I gaze out at Jody’s friends and think of her. Then I worry about not crying at all, of suppressing myself, both the joy and the sorrow, as I wallow in the stress of the day. But there doesn’t need to be stress. How about if I let things unfold exactly as they do, and trust that our time together will be good for our souls? Yes, that’s a good idea.
I’m playing four songs for Jody – two YouTube videos and two from DVDs. I played them at my darling’s funeral too, and struggled with the technology. What if that happens again? Well, at the funeral, people were wonderfully understanding of my imperfections. Nice folks will be coming on Saturday too. We’re all in this together.
There was a fifth song in November, and it will also appear this Saturday … me singing “Annie’s Song”. Back then, I only got a line or two into it before my sorrow ground me to a halt. Friends and family picked up the tune and sang it for me. It’s okay, Bruce, if the words won’t come again. The choir will respond.
I think about the food that will be available after Jody’s celebration. I had to order enough for 150 to get the room. If only 50 people show up, health regulations would prevent me from donating the excess to the Men’s Mission downtown. If there are 200 guests, there won’t be much for each person to eat.
Oh, what a tangled web I weave! Let it all go, Bruce. As the Desiderata said, “The universe is unfolding as it should.” Let it do its dance on Saturday.
I’ll let you know early next week how the moments blessed us all.