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Monday, June 28, 2010

The Funeral - Our first family event while pregnant

I promise do my best not to drag you all down with this post. I can't blog about the funeral on my public blog as my family reads it.

A few of my aunt's last wishes were that any funeral service be "short and snappy". Unfortunately that did not happen! The funeral started at least 20 minutes late - she would have been livid! My cousin and his wife were delivering the eulogy. His wife is by far one of the nicest people on the planet and she spoke from the heart recounting stories of my aunt. My cousin on the other hand, spoke a lot about himself.

It will be hard to recount what he said for you to get the full effect. He went on for at least 30 minutes and mentioned Viagra at least twice (I'm sure I heard my aunt rolling over in her casket!). I'm sure that he was high. It wasn't all bad - he read the lyrics to the song "Why" by Rascal Flatts and it was 100% appropriate.

The funeral itself was over an hour and a half long (another turn in the casket). After that the family went to the cemetery for the burial. Then we returned to the church for a reception.

This was the first family event that we've attended since the pregnancy. Many asked us about it and we received a lot of "congratulations". I didn't want to make this time about us (although they said that my aunt was very happy for us), this was a time for her family.

This is where it gets really interesting. I have a great aunt who loves to stir the pot and cause trouble in the family. Thus far Hubby and I have been immune to her barbs and jabs. We decided that if the opportunity arose, we would do a little pot-stirring ourselves (I know, we're bad).

So Great Aunt C comes by to say congratulations to us during the reception. The first thing she asks us is "was this an accident?" (and so the jabs begin). We assured her that it definitely was not an accident. Then she starts to go on about what it means to be a parent and the lifetime commitment that it is so Hubby said "What? I thought that this was a 5 year commitment tops!" She didn't really know what to say to that so she went on about parenting, blah, blah, blah so I said "Actually, we've decided to have the baby live with the grandparents for the first 10 years". She was taken aback and said that my parents are retired and wouldn't want that commitment. So we replied that both sets of grandparents could take turns.

I know it's not nice to poke fun at an old lady, but if I know anything, it's that she is going to write a long letter to my grandma telling her about the day. (My grandparents weren't able to travel to attend the funeral). I did not want my Great Aunt C to focus on how my cousin was high on painkillers or how my uncle walked around in a fog, how the guests started to eat the snacks before the family returned from the cemetery, or even how the funeral started late. If Hubby and I have to be the topic of her next letter, then so be it. We're tough, we can handle it. Besides, I told my mom after and she thought it was very funny.


2 comments:

Candidly_Andrea said...

I think that's hilarious and would have done the same :)

MrsShoffernan said...

That is funny! Sometimes it's nice to poke fun back. I do that to my grandfather every now again.

Most importantly, I'm sorry for your loss.

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