October 3, 2010
Portland Firefly was out-of-town last week for my friend Chris’ funeral.
I flew down to California and was picked up by my oldest childhood friend. We visited in the car as she drove me to my Brother’s house near a beautiful Southern California beach . Each of the three days that I was there, I made a short visit to my elderly Aunts home.
School friends of mine live near my brother so they picked me up and I rode with them to the city where the Rosary service and Funeral were to be held. They were the most beautiful Rosary and Funeral that Portland Firefly has ever attended.
Many of our school friends were there also and it was really so good to see all of them and to get caught up on our lives. At the end of the Rosary service , they asked people to get up and say something about Chris. Well, no one got up right away and there was a little pause and then I heard my name called by the surviving spouse. He wanted me to say something. And I wanted to say something; only I didn’t particularly want to be the first one to do so.
But, as happens in those cases, one pulls oneself together and goes to the front of the church for the sake of the family. Fortunately, I had printed up a copy of the post that I wrote on July 21, 2010 about Chris being one of my heroes, and stuck it in my purse!
Wearing a teal floral top, I started off by introducing myself and telling the importance of my teal top. Do you remember that teal is the color for the Ovarian Cancer Ribbon? Well, not many present at this service knew that, so I was pleased to be able to inform everyone of the importance of teal. I then read my article. The family was very appreciative and I know that it meant a lot to Chris’ husband.
And so Portland Firefly had yet another opportunity to do a little bit of Ovarian Cancer awareness – all with the family’s blessing – while honoring her memory at the same time.