It was a full day on Monday with the funeral in the morning..Amazing Grace was one of the congregational hymns.
We had a Minnesota Funeral lunch minus the Jell-O. Lunch included fresh fruit, homemade pickles, coleslaw in individual cups, baked beans, scalloped potatoes with ham and every kind of cookie or bar you could ever want.
After lunch we felt fortified enough to head to the cemetery.
After a short committal service the piper played Amazing Grace. As he played he walked further and further away from us..so the notes seemed to disappear into the surrounding fields. In my opinion there is nothing as beautiful as the sound of the bagpipes.
After Uncle Willard was properly planted everyone came to our house. Far Guy and I readied our yard with every possible table and chair in the garage and house. There were forty-five guests that sat out in the shade and reminisced. I baked cookies on Sunday, we added some chips, cold sodas and water for the refreshments. It seemed to be what the mourners needed..just a little extra time surrounded by family.
Everyone left just in time for Far Guy and I to head to the museum to get ready for “Music on the Courthouse Lawn.” It was a great turn out with 54 people attending.
This was part of the crowd. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves. One of the last songs played was Amazing Grace.
The third time is a charm…or it must be:)
Amazing grace! How sweet the sound
That saved a wretch like me.
I once was lost, but now am found,
Was blind but now I see.