{Photo 161/365}  He asked me, “Mom, should I smile or not? Because, isn’t this supposed to be sad?”  Today he attended his first funeral.  One of my best friend’s mother-in-law passed away on Monday.  She was an amazing woman.  She was so young.  Cancer.  My heart aches for those she left behind – her children, grand children, husband, and friends — she was a light into the lives of many.  However, today she walks the streets of gold – hand in hand with her Father God.  So, my answer to Zachary was, “You can smile if you want to.  You can cry if you need to. Everybody responds differently.  It’s a sad day, yes – but it’s a celebration of a beautiful life.”  He wanted to be there – he dressed up – asked a lot of questions – we had great conversations.  It was a very emotional day.  No words can comfort those who were so closely connected.  Lots of hugs.  Lots of tears.

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