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How Was Your Weekend?

December 6, 2021

How was YOUR weekend?

I love 1000 miles across four states in two different cars. I spent time with my dear mother. I visited the town where I grew up.

Oh, and I buried my brother.

My family is crazy. But, probably no crazier than yours. My brother died of natural causes last week. He lived alone and he was in a lot of pain. He’s not in pain anymore.

My family has a cemetery. I didn’t realize it until recently.

This slab is located in Woodlawn cemetery in Lacey, Washington. It’s the closest cemetery to the house I grew up in.

My father’s name is on here.

The blank space next to his name is already paid for and will have my mother’s name.

Farther down the slap is my sister’s name.

One of the blank spaces below her name will be for my brother, Lloyd Charles Bliss.

But, Woodlawn Cemetery is more than just the final resting place for my family. It’s also where my lovely wife’s parents, Joseph and Donna Wilkinson are buried.

And her brother Enoch Clinton Wilkinson who died in a logging accident when she was young, he’s also buried here.

I don’t live in Lacey any more. I don’t even live in Washington. My family has scattered. We came from Utah, California, Arizona, Idaho and Washington. My brothers and I discussed how many more times we’d need to make this trip back. Only one brother still lives here.

I’ll return should call him home first. And of course, my dear mother, may she live to be 100, will be one more.

My weekend? I spent it with family, living and dead.

Stay safe

Rodney M Bliss is an author, columnist and IT Consultant. His blog updates every weekday. He lives in Pleasant Grove, UT with his lovely wife, thirteen children and grandchildren.

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