This past Sunday the family spent the afternoon at the cemetery celebrating Dia de los Muertos. We started at my parent's graves which are at the Veteran's Cemetery. The plan was created by SIL Isaac (Shannon's husband) from his Mexican traditions. He was born and raised in Guanajuato, Guanajuato, where Shannon met him while she attended a language school there. We decorated their graves with marigolds, candles, incense, photos and their favorite foods. I brought a pie, son Zak brought my dad's favorites: Goobers! Peanut butter and jelly on soda crackers. We played Johny Cash and Frank Sinatra. We chatted and told favorite stories about our time with them.
When we ALL were little, me and my children, my dad, "Papa", used to lie on the living room floor on his pallet (and old red and white quilt his mother, my Granny, made) with a bowl swirled with peanut butter and jelly, a butter knife, and a sleeve of soda crackers...and he'd make his own version of "goobers", not the ones you can now get in a jar! I love that my kids remember this in a special place in their hearts too.
One of the food memories my mom loved, was to wrap potatoes in foil and roast them in the fireplace on cold nights. We'd enjoy them as dessert after bathtime. I clearly remeber sitting in front of the fire, hot on my face, as I watched the tinfoil shine and blacken. And my dog, my big old collie dog, Glamus, laid by me.
But then wandered up to a wonderful celebration put on by a local organization in the old cemetery behind. Artist created shrines, musicians played, and there was a wonderful (free) feast for any and all.
I remembered my Busha on this wall...
I particularly loved these butterfly lanterns that spoke of love. Here is where I sent my love to my parents in a quiet moment while everyone hiked up the cemetery hill...
And then I looked at my phone to check the time, and it was that very spiritual number...which was also my dad's birthday 1/11/1924. I had to take a screenshot.
After we wandered the cemetery with those we loved/love so dearly, we chatted and ate, kids played, and then we talked about them and loved them some more!
Ezra was (still lol) a bat!
And Emil was a chameleon
We were all together...both sides of the veil.