I’m bereaving the day away at the library and by sleeping late. The guy from the funeral home in Caldwell was supposed to come by the house at 11 a.m. today so I could sign the papers authorizing cremation and shipment of my mother’s body to Caldwell. However, the funeral director called me this morning to say that’s been postponed–funeral guy’s son has some health issues and is hospitalized. So, I’m meeting with the director of the McVay-Perkins Funeral Home tomorrow at 11 a.m. I’ll sign the paperwork, and he’ll take my mother’s body for cremation in Marietta and interment at Olive Cemetery in Caldwell. (They seem like nice people, so I’ll put in their Website: http://www.mcvay-perkins.com/ ). Mr. Perkins, the funeral director, also took down information for the obituary, which should appear in the Columbus, Athens, and Marietta newspapers tomorrow (We didn’t touch base until after the deadline.) Mother pre-paid all this, so I’ve not had to worry about the nuts and bolts that much. Steph and I are meeting with Mark Belletini, the senior minister at the Unitarian Church, at 3:30 this afternoon to plan a small memorial service, probably to be held at the church.
My cousin Karen is making a bang-zoom trip in from Virginia for the occasion. She’ll probably be here on Sunday afternoon. It’ll be great to see her–I didn’t expect to see her so soon again after her just visiting in the summertime. The service will probably be a short one; I am not going to ask that Mark sugarcoat or ignore Mother’s illness and sadism.
I am going to be bereaving until Wedesday morning. I won’t be doing any work at the Laundro tomorrow, since the guy will be coming with the paperwork for Mother’s cremation and burial. I already had Tuesday scheduled as a vacation day, since I will be taking a civil service exam at Job and Family Services’ office on E. 5th Ave., so I’m making this into a mini-vacation. (The fact that November already has two paid holidays doesn’t hurt, either!)
Susie will be trick-or-treating tonight with Pat and Tanya’s kids, so I will be on the north side of town for the next few hours. (I am typing at the Whetstone library, and will be venturing next door to meet Steph at 2.) My guess is that Susie will have Tootsie Rolls for dinner.