Katie's memorial/party was this weekend. It was an incredibly beautiful weekend. Filled with laughter and tears. Lots of both.
Instead of giving a play by play, which I'm afraid I wouldn't be able to give justice to, I'm going to share a few moments of the memorial service.
There were several slide shows of pictures of Katie from when she was little to now, they played a recording of her D'var Torah from last December when she compared her faith to the Wizard of Oz, many people, both from her temple, but also family and friends spoke. Including me. Let me tell you, not the easiest thing I've ever done.
This is me reading, but mom didn't want to use the flash, so it isn't the best focus ever. Note Chris's fantastic cowboy boots that she let me borrow! And of course my phenomenal hat!!!
This is what I read.
It is a fearful thing to love what death can touch.
A fearful thing to love, hope, dream:
To be - to be, and oh, to lose.
A thing for fools, this, and a holy thing, a holy thing to love.
For you life has lived in me, your laugh once lifted me, your word was a gift to me.
To remember this brings painful joy.
'Tis a human thing, love, a holy thing, to love what death has touched.
Now, if you could read this without completely breaking down when you are talking about your best friend, I'm amazed. Me? My inner dialogue was this.
Fart, fart, fart, fart, fart, farts.
Farts, fart, fart, farts.
Farts, fart, fart, farts, fart, farts, fart.
Farts, fart, fart, fart, fart, fart, farts, farts.
Fart, fart, shit, poop, explosive farts, fart, fart, fart (dialogue changed here due to almost breaking down)
Fart, Farts, farts, farts.
Knowing that Katie would appreciate the latter more, and that is the only way I could get through, I made it, with only one deep breath to stifle tears.
I wasn't as successful when Cantor Jackie sang 'Over the Rainbow.' This was the one song she hadn't been able to sing during the funeral service, which I knew, so I was expecting it, which wasn't really helpful. Cantor Jackie has a beautiful voice, she sang the Eva Cassidy version, and well - if you haven't heard this song, go to YouTube now and search for Eva Cassidy and Over the Rainbow. You will want to have time to cry.
The best moment of the evening however was when Katie's friend Kristin ended the evening with a Congo line to the song 'Mambo Italiano.' Picture it, probably over 200 people dancing in a Congo line in Temple! It was phenomenal and I'm sure Katie was looking down laughing hysterically!!! It still makes me smile.
I'm going to end this post with a quote from Katie in the program. It fits this time of year perfectly, so you should go out and enjoy the weather!!!
"It's pretty easy to make me happy because I am happy most of the time. I get extra happy on beautiful days when I have a moment to be outside to enjoy it and ya just think, 'Man! This world is great; life is good."