The fragile, nearly see through pieces of newsprint say things like:
"Emma Grace ... , infant daughter of Jeremiah and Cara... died Sept. 8th, 2000 at..."
"A private family graveside commital service will be...."
"There will be no visiting hours..."
"Contributions may be made to the Childbirth Center..."
My mind says:
~If you acknowledge that she died then you must recognize that she lived, but you - the collective you, as in politicos and state legistatures, insist that becuase she was born dead there was never life. Although I will argue this point until I join her in heaven, if they are so very insistant with their rebuttal shouldn't it have said, Emma Grace...infant daughter of Jeremiah and Cara...was born still on Sept. 8th, 2000 at... I'm one for details like that.~The graveside service was private?? Really? As in either I, or he, or perhaps even Emma's life touched nearly 200 private people in our lives? Imagine if it had been open to the public. Just imagine...
~ Yes, come to think of it there were no visiting hours. Never occurred to me before. Probably a good choice as the sight of her casket ripped me into a thousand pieces, some real, most fictional. Couldn't have handled a church service either.
~ Contributions may be made to the Childbirth Center. Really? Was this protocol? Could I have trusted my mind to think logically and find a support group or research facility where donations could have been sent? Clearly not...but I wish I had and I wonder if said birthing center ever did receive a donation in the name of Emma Grace. Doubtful.
(Reminder to current self: add a link list on the sidebar of all the locations people can send grieving supporters to donate)
Sorry for the downer show and tell...next time - Page 3, a more honest peek into my early post Emma days.
"9-15-00 : Our joys will be greater - Our love will be deeper - Our life will be fuller - Because we shared your moment...
And they are.