Thursday, October 30, 2014
Our trip was mostly aviation and space related based on the museums we went to. And fortunately Tom had the whole time off so we could really enjoy spending time with him. The day after we arrived, Tom wanted to go to the Cosmosphere Space Museum in Hutchinson. It was a bit of a drive out there but well worth it. There was so much to see. We could have easily spent the whole day there but really only spent about 3-4 hours and didn't get to see everything. Tom was really interested in all the rocket exhibits and spent a lot of time reading the display explanations. We went to a planetarium show too. What I really liked best was a demo lab where they demonstrated rocket science and were blowing things up all the time. We had a whole room full of kids on a field trip with us so it was fun to see it with children.
After the pumpkin patch, we headed to Chester's--a really nice steakhouse. One of those places that you get everything ala carte and it is really expensive. But we were celebrating Tom and Maddy's engagement so we treated it as a really nice celebration dinner. Bill was really looking forward to getting a good Kansas steak so he and Tom had steak. Maddy had salmon and I had scallops. Everything was very good.
Saturday Tom took us to the base and showed us his squadron and office. Then we went to see "Gone Girl" at a theater in Old Town. I had read the book and the movie followed pretty well with how the book went. But you sure get made all over again at the main character and how she planned to "screw" her husband.
Friday, October 24, 2014
June has always been more of a "mom" to me than a mother-in-law. My mom passed away shortly after Bill and I got married so I asked June to be my mom and she immediately said yes. I always felt loved and was grateful to be able to carry on a mother-daughter relationship with someone. June hasn't been doing well since about April and her daughters recently got hospice involved in her care but my impression was that it wasn't for any impending reason. Just to prepare for it happening at sometime in the next six months. So just a few days before she passed, I was thinking I wanted to travel to Denver for one last time to see her before she died. So it was a bit of a shock to get the call that she had passed away so soon. In hearing about her last days, it sounds like it was an incredible blessing that she didn't linger a long time in the state she was in. Because of her illness and slip into dementia, I haven't had the same relationship with her recently so I have been eased into the fact that she is no longer going to be a part of my life. But I will miss that sense of having a "mom" to go to when you feel like you need one.
All her daughters and their husbands came. Bill, Chuck, Timothy, Gregory and I came from the Roller side of the family. Seven out of the ten grandchildren were able to be there. A man that had become a good friend to her over the past few years also came. We enjoyed sharing meals together, attending the funeral and touring the cemetery after the funeral. As strange as that sounds, the Forest Lawn Cemetery actually has several different types of tours that they run. We went on a two hour art tour of the cemetery the afternoon of the funeral. It is an incredibly beautiful place and even is one of the top spots for brides and grooms go to have their wedding photos taken. We got to wave at a couple as they were getting their photos taken while we were on our tour.
It was a whirlwind trip. Traveling on Friday to get there and coming home on Sunday. And traveling through JFK Airport in New York was definitely a challenge. But it was good to connect with family that we haven't seen for a very long time. Some as long as nine years ago when Bill's dad passed away. I was very happy to have gone and to pay my last respects to a woman that I loved dearly. Goodbye June. Rest in peace and enjoy your reunion with Gene, your parents, grandparents and other dear friends and relatives in heaven.