Monday, July 20, 2009

Heartfelt Thanks

Hey Y'all!! Thanks so much for all the kind words. It was really heartfelt to my family and I. You may not know it, because they don't always comment, but my family are frequent Cousin Steve readers. My mom loved to go on to check out the nice comments.

We had the wake for Katie on Friday and the funeral on Saturday. It was great to see all the people come out of hiding. Sad that it takes an event like this to see everyone, but still great. It's almost better than a family reunion, because you get all sides of the families AND you get your friends. I swear at one time, it was like the front door was an exit to a people factory. Just a never ending line of people.

There were many things, this weekend, that made "happy" triumph over "grief". I convinced my cousin Beth (Aunt Barbara's daughter) to do the first reading at Kate's funeral mass. She was very nervous, however, I knew who her mom was, and also the kind of person Beth is. She did very well. Aunt Barbara did the second reading, showing what a true veteran of the pulpit she is. My mom's cousin Noreen sang solo's during the mass. Noreen comes from a family of very gifted singers. Her gift, and I do mean gift, is from heaven above. Noreen sang an Ave Maria that made you close your eyes, sit still and take it all in. It would bring you to tears at a birthday party.

There was just so much going on, between aunts and uncles and cousins and friends, it's hard to tell all. You and I don't have the time!

I almost forgot!!

My cousin from Nebraska came in. She is a fireball full of laughter. She has these four wonderful kids, to which I can't get enough of. The youngest one of them is my God-daughter. She is two and is so sweet, the American Dental Association put a warning on her that she "may cause cavities". I was very happy to see my cousin and clan.

(now that's were I should of ended, but I am so full of crap, I just keep going......)

I was surprised to see her because, she is doing some super secret stuff with NASA. I would tell you her name (June), but I am afraid that some G-men might come and break down my door. I promised (June) that I wouldn't say a word about the visit so as not to compromise (June's) mission. Most of you are not aware that she (June) is a martial arts expert, and a yoga goddess. She (June) knows how to kill someone 1,736 ways with a ball point pen.

So from me, you will get nothing..... (about June).

To go back to where I started, all jokes aside. Thanks for the kind words. It meant allot to me that so many people took the time to write something and hit send. I know that loosing our loved ones is a part of life. But it's a rough part. And every little bit and kind word helps. Kate is with Dad now, and if I know them. They are shaking up the place. I can only hope that they don't burn heaven down before I get there. I'm sure they have a fire department..... right??

My Dad and Sister

I'll bet they are walking around like that right now. The big proud father taking care of his baby girl. I will forever miss them, and never forget them.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them. May all the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

Your Cousin,
Next Blog: How to change a diaper while doing a hand stand, drinking a beer, and wearing a skirt. I can do it and you can too.


Anonymous said...

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Glad to see that June was with you and your family.

FLYNAVY said...

Sounds like a fitting celebration of the life lived by a beautiful person by good honorable people. I can usually hold it together until Ava Maria, Taps, or Amazing Grace. Learning to hate those songs.
Looking forward to happier times soon when I can master the 1 hand diaper changing beer drinking handstand. Fraid, even though we have a pretty open policy here of those serving that like to wear dresses, I could never get my manly swagger down right while wearing a skirt. Musta been absent the day they taught that 1 @ the Academy.
God bless you & your family.

Cousin Steve said...


Taps leveled me when my dad died. He was always so proud of being in the Air Force.

We will just have to allow cooking aprons with masculine sayings in place of skirts then.

MaeMae said...

here's some research for your next post:
If anyone can carry one of these off, you can!

Anonymous said...

Shhh... ixnay on the secretay. Do you want to get yourself killed you crazy pansie?

June "I'm icognito" Cleaver

Cousin Steve said...

See, I told you guys. That's how much I love you people. I am willing to put my life on the line.

Cousin "Pansie" Steve

Audrey said...

A lovely picture of your Dad and Sister. Thinking of your family at this time.

Layna said...

Simply beautiful. Your words and that picture - what a treasure.

Anonymous said...
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Cousin Steve said...

To the Coward,

The nerve you have to post something so stupid on this post.

You have no class and a small mind. People like you deserve to live your life in a cage being pointed at by people who are afraid of your grotesk being.

Was that too harsh? Pansie

With Love
Your Cousin,

momto5minnies said...

I am so sorry to hear of the loss of your sister ...

Anonymous said...

I read the comment from Anonymous before Cousin Steve deleted it. You are about as insensitive as any human can get.

First you DO NOT ask a personal question like that on a blog. If you are a friend you would know. You must be an foe. Whatever I don't care.

You show my daughter no respect. It is had enough to live with the death of my daughter, but to put gosip on an thank you from her brother, you my have a heart of stone.

Cousin Steve, Kate and Heather's Mother,
And June Cleaver's Aunt.

Cousin Steve said...

Uh oh, you pissed mom off. Now your really screwed.