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Birthdays and Goodbyes

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Today was my mom’s 67th birthday. It was also the day we memorialized her father. He was a U. S. Air Force veteran, so he was given military honors. The day was sad, touching, and joyful as well.

We shared laughter and tears with my mother’s brothers and sister, their mother, and other relatives. We shared memories and a meal with friends who came to pay their respects. And then we shared my mother’s birthday with cake and presents.

Tomorrow we head home, and we will celebrate my mom’s birthday with my siblings, my children and grandchildren, and my nephew. And life will go on. Hopefully , our next gathering will be another birthday. No matter what, we will be together.

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