Thank you all
I hardly know where to begin thanking you for your kind messages of condolence at the loss of Husband's Dad. I guess the only thing I can really say that will make sense is to tell you that your emails, cards and notes really, truly gave us great comfort at a difficult time. Those of you who have already experienced a similar loss understand what that means. Even those who haven't, have a sense of it.
I was particulary touched and comforted by a quote which was passed along to me by D.D. Degg, comic strip historian and all-around decent fellow. To wit:
One who died is only a little ahead
of the procession all moving that way.
When we round the corner, we'll see him again.
We have lost him for only a moment
because we fell behind,
stopping to tie a shoelace.
---J. M. Barrie
I can't describe what an enormous comfort those words were to this agnostic heart.
Somehow it made the vast gulf between me and my beloved "Dad O." feel quite a lot smaller.