It felt appropriate to observe the day of the dead this year. I like the idea of celebrating those who have passed, even though we might still be mourning. In this case, both of the people we loved and lost lived fulfilled lives and were surrounded by people who loved them before they 'went to the other side', or however you want to say it. I think that's important to celebrate too.
On Saturday the waves were crap, but I got a skeleton costume at TJ Max for $10 so I had to paddle out and honor those we love who have died in my own way. It was one of those days where the light kept changing because of all the clouds being pushed past the sun by the wind. I had a wedding to get to, too, so it was important I didn't get my hair wet! At least I kept the top dry.
The other day when I paddled out, pelicans kept swooping past me. Once I was taking off on a wave and they flew up and over me. I think I impeded their flight path. Then a few others flew so close I could almost touch their wing tips with my extended hand. The third time it happened I especially took notice. Before Grandpa passed we told him to send us a sign. Maybe he was visiting me as a pelican that day. I did paint him a picture of a sailboat with pelicans flying by once.
How do you celebrate those who have passed?
p.s. Thank you for your very thoughtful words for our family.