Today was a sad day. Meghann and I drove to Tampa to honor Jenna’s little brother and attend the Celebration of Life held in his honor.
As you may have heard, Jenna’s brother passed away unexpectedly last Friday. I never had the pleasure of meeting John, but I wanted to attend the funeral in support of Jenna, who is really as amazing, kind, and thoughtful as she seems on her blog.
Before we left, I had lunch, which consisted of a veggie burger on a slice of whole wheat toast. My camera ate that picture, sorry! I also had a side salad with some raw cashews.
And an orange:
Part of the reason why I woke up so earlier for work is that I took a half day to attend the funeral. Meghann picked me up at noon and we drove across the state to Tampa. On the way, I snacked on a Z-Bar:
Honestly, the funeral was lovely, but I’m not sure how much I want to/feel like it’s appropriate to describe it in detail. It’s hard to draw the line between our personal lives and our blog lives (sometimes it seems like there is NO line!), but I think this is an instance where I’ll leave it to Jenna to describe as she wants.
The main thrust of the service was that the real gift we give ourselves is living in the now and enjoying the present. The precious present is all we have. When someone so young and so joyful is taken from us, I think it causes us all to reflect on the "big picture" in life. Please… hug someone you love and tell them what they mean to you. Call a friend and say hello. Try something that scares you. Take a chance. Life is too short!
Jenna’s family hosted a lovely reception at their house following the service. Even though it was 4:00, I pretty much ate my dinner!
I had some fruit and two small deli sammies.
Plus one of those cookies that Jenna has been raving about the past few days:
On the way home, I realized how terrible I felt. Many I’m just manifesting my emotions physically, but I feel pretty run-down and tired. I was suppose to go back to work tonight…. and yet the bed sounds like a much better plan.
I made a quick Chobani, Kashi TLC, and cereal mix for my "dinner."
And now, I’m going to bed!
But first…. I just wanted to add that I feel like our blog community is amazing. There were so many flowers , cards, cookies ,and gifts for Jenna and her family that were sent from readers from all over the world, and I know it really touches her to read your thoughtful comments on her postings. Without blogging, I would have never met Jenna or Meghann, and I’m really grateful for the beautiful friendships that blogging has given me.
Good night. I love you!
I was at the service today and it really was beautiful! Can you believe all those kids there…so amazing. They were so strong.