I had planned to find something witty and inciteful to post by the end of the week, but there won't be any interesting post. We got sad news yesterday that Kevin's grandfather has passed away. This was not unexpected, I think I mentioned he went home a few weeks ago to visit him. So tomorrow we are driving (all the way) to Austin; with the dog.
Tonight was spent packing and I've found that since leaving college I have no clothes at all suitable for dressy occasions. Also, the mall has no clothes that are suitable for dressy occasions and fit me. So I'm wearing 2 outfits that are practically identical (seriously, exact same outfit, different color) and hoping no one will mock me. Due to the occasion, I don't think anyone will.
Kevin will wear his uniform, and it will be the first time he wears Captain's ranks. What a sad reason to need to put them on. He got promoted after being discharged from active duty (he is "individual ready reserve" now- not quite the same thing as "the reserves") and got promoted via letter, so he had no pinning on. His grandfather was a good part of the reason why he joined the Air Force, so wearing his uniform will be special to him and his grandmother.
I'm really sad, but don't know how to express it, because Pop was in a lot of pain, the cancer was definetly winning. I just feel so sad for Nan. I think it will be the hardest once we get there, and the family is together, and he is not. I've never really had occasions with all my grandparents, because my Dad's mother died very young, and my mother's parents were rarely together; but Nan and Pop have always been together for everything.
I miss Texas, and have wanted to go back for some time now, but not for this. I wish it were easier to get families together without having to wait for funerals.