What began as a compilation of experiences during the Gorman family's time with the military, from active duty in Hawaii, to the reserves and a reserve deployment, has moved beyond. It's the ups and downs, the transitions, the frustrations, and the joys of every day. In 2016, blogging more than Jennifer, Gandalf & Nora took over as the primary bloggers, with Jennifer as a background narrator.
Monday, December 11, 2017
A Year of Mourning - Saying Goodbye to Daddy (Nov. 30, 2017)
So today’s the day we say goodbye to my father. The funeral service is in NJ followed by a long trek to Wyandanch, the land of cemeteries and camps. I went to camp very close to our to family plot. Visiting the cemetery has always been a normal act, but I cannot imagine a more abnormal act than burying someone you love so much. ——————————————————————- November 30, 2017 (Facebook posts)
I took a picture of the ladybug in the house. It must have come to say goodbye to its favourite gardener.
Taking Daddy on his last drive through New York. In Brooklyn now. One hour (unless the traffic holds us up.) to Wellwood Cemetery.
Passing Hempstead. Remembering Daddy taking me to gymnastics class followed by a ride on the carousel at Nunley's. Open road. Wellwood arrival about 1pm.
Baldwin. Freeport. Merrick soon. Like riding the LIRR with Daddy.
12:38 pm Jones Beach. Daddy used to take us beach combing in the winter. We collected buckets of beach stones, beach glass, and seashells. I still love the beach in winter best. 12:45 pm So many memories. Riding with my uncle Paul, and cousins Roger and Aaron. How wonderful it is to be sharing this moment, no matter how difficult, with people I love and who love me.