Being 2nd generation of Greek immigrant stock, there are alot of phone calls to make, many of which my mother is making, many of which I just made. Three things that come to mind:
- Why does it take an event like this to bring us together?
- Why havent I called these wonderful friends and relatives sooner?
- Wow, I’m glad that part of the process is over.
At around 11:00 AM, after the initial but expected shock, it got time to get busy and letting the plethora of people whose lives were blessed with my father’s know that he had passed from this life unto the next.
Ugh! Being 2nd generation of Greek immigrant stock, that’s a pertty long call list. Some calls my mother inisted upon, others I readily took on as I’m the one who got a breather this week after having spent last week down there.
So as I’m making flight, rental and other reservations online, I’m calling a multitude of cousins, aunts, uncles, friends, etc …
Since they all have loving memories of him, that part of contacting these fine folks was wonderful, bringing to mind the oft-asked question:
“Why does it take an event like this to bring us together?”
The hard part is:
- their not home and now I have to leave a message like: “this is Dean, please call me, it’s a bit important“
- their home, and you have to say those terrible words: “hi Aunt P., hope you’re having a great mother’s day, ummm, I’ve got some bad news … my father expired this morning.“
And there are so many of them! Sheesh, crazy Greeks, like leaving our cooking as a heritage isn’t enough – I gotta have relatives all over the globe that for the sake of family respect, need to be contacted directly by the spouse or a son … and as I said … that was my job this morning, and I’m glad that with the exception of 2 or 3 more calls, that’s over.
(make that 1 or 2Â – Cousin T. just called – sharing happy memories as I wrap-this post up)
Continue to pray for my family – and thank those of you who’ve left comments here and/or privately emailed me.
I thank my God in all my remembrance of you, always in every prayer of mine for you all making my prayer with joy, because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now. – Philippians 1:3-5