This week was filled with the busy whir of multiple graduations. One of Daniel's brothers (our son Matt) graduated from college, as did one of Daniel's friends. It still hurts unexpectedly when a friend or contemporary of Daniel's reaches a milestone here on Earth that Daniel will never reach here. During the reception afterward, we saw many people who had met or knew Daniel. I wonder if I will ever attend a graduation reception without thinking how much Daniel would have enjoyed it. Most of the time I can summon the mettle to tell myself that God has a plan and that Daniel achieves great things in our next life, and also that Daniel was always God's to call. Sometimes the sorrow catches us unexpectedly, especially during life's milestones, particularly those of his siblings. Certainly, if I, a mere human woman, understands how fine a person Daniel was from his time here, then God would know also.
So I persist in this strange world, doing my best and raising our remaining family and our animals as best I can. Daniel's brother who graduated this week will be going to yet another university for an additional degree. With the economy persisting in tatters and jobs as scarce as hen's teeth, this is probably a very good idea.
And so now, a Summer break begins. Appreciate the family you have left with you. Keep them safe this Summer, and enjoy the days we all have remaining. I will try to do the same.