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In the Sweet By and By

Eric’s grandmother’s funeral was today. It was actually quite a lovely service, but I do struggle with the experience of being an outsider from a religious standpoint. The family isn’t overly religious, including the dearly departed, but ministers will talk quite a bit about Jesus if you let them.

I think the part that bothers me is that, in a small way, I really do sort of wish I could believe that we all get to go home to a loving deity when we die. But I can’t ever believe such a thing, so when a guy stands up there telling me about it, I can’t help feeling like a child whose parents are feeding them the story about how the dog has been sent to the farm.

Anyway, they’re good people, my in-laws. I’m glad to know them. And I am grateful to all of you for your kind words of comfort over the last week.

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joanarkham
Jul. 27th, 2006 02:48 pm (UTC)
*hugs*

We still need to hang out soon...Sunday?
fenriss
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:27 pm (UTC)
We do need to hang out, but Sundays suck for me. I work until at least 6 PM. We could maybe consider dinner if that wasn't too late for you? Or maybe some other time.

Sorry. I knew that starting to do the massage work would come with sacrifices, and getting to see my favorite people much has been one of the first things to go :(
joanarkham
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:37 pm (UTC)
Duh, that's right...that's why we moved book club.

You got my e-mail with our upcoming schedule, right?
fenriss
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:43 pm (UTC)
that's why we moved book club.

That was awfully sweet of you guys, btw.

You got my e-mail with our upcoming schedule, right?

I did. And I'm afraid it mostly looked bad, so I was still struggling to figure out where we could try to make something work. The only thing that look viable is maybe that Saturday in late August, mostly because Friday nights and Sundays are bad for us...
joanarkham
Jul. 27th, 2006 07:46 pm (UTC)
What about next Saturday (the 5th)?

Weeknight dinner somewhere in Arlington?
fenriss
Jul. 27th, 2006 09:09 pm (UTC)
The 5th is Morrigan's birthday in So. MD.

Is 6PM on Sunday too late for dinner for you?
joanarkham
Jul. 27th, 2006 10:47 pm (UTC)
Probably not...I'll give you a call.

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