I am going to be posting more on my page on this because I need to BOTH write out somewhere all the mixed up feelings and write down the memories for the bride now pregnant widow and their child, my cousin's only child. :-(
I bought the plane tickets, my sister came with, we stayed at my cousin's stepmother's house, whom we were calling Aunt by the end of the 2 days. She's much more involved with her stepchildren than my dad's new wife, who barely lets us talk with him. No, my dad didn't make it to the funeral, claiming illness. If he was, at least staying home away from the pregnant woman was a relative kindness.
I have never lost a contemporary before, even though we had lost all our mutual grandparents, my mom his aunt, and his parents my aunt and uncle since the birth of my child. This sucks.
The timing before the Jewish High Holidays, made for a crisis of faith as well. How can I ask Deity to forgive any vows I cannot keep even when I have tried, when I am actually enraged at a Deity who could make my cousin forsworn to his vows to wife, and implicit promises to unborn child? I am NOT precisely angry now, after Yizkor, memorial service on Tom Kippur, but I couldn't bring myself to attend the services with the Kol Nidre, All Vows prayer for the first time since I was a small child. I don't know what I feel now, besides grief, and tired. So, I will be copying this over to my blog to remember to update.
I even did stay home on Halloween, thinking more Samhain suited me more this year. We watched Clue, a good geeky classic of a movie, and my cousin and I would play Clue together, our handicap against our younger siblings that WE couldn't use the notebook or take any notes. :-D
The sound of the dial-up modem making its handshake, computer games like Ultima and C'est La Vie, board games, and the crazy and kooky Halloween costumes he made, including last year a working lightbulb for Uncle Fester as his then fiancee went as Wednesday Addams, all are so tied in my head to him.
Let those memories lighten grief. (Darkover series, MZB)