Opening Doors with Kim

Kim Ades of Opening Doors lets you in on her frame of mind.

Sunday, October 08, 2006

The Funeral Gift

My uncle died on Sept. 27, 2006. His funeral was the next day - it was the day of my birthday. I travelled to Montreal to be in attendance. He was an unbelievable man. Tall, handsome, and powerfully charismatic. He had a dimple in his chin and his smile could warm any soul. He filled the room when he was in it - his voice, his swagger, his accent and intonation. Kids were drawn to him and he gave them the attention that so few others knew how to give. He left a lot of people behind that really loved and admired who he was. I saw the bulk of my entire family at the funeral. I cried, I laughed, I blew my nose. I kissed a lot of people - some whom I didn't even know. I sat huddled with one of my cousins during the ulogy. I watched my uncle's wife and his daughter carefully to see how they were managing and how they were reacting to the onslaught of visitors. I was alert and my senses were keenly aware of the activity surrounding me. I spoke to people I hadn't seen in ages. I drank a toast in my uncle's honor and ate the foods he was always delighted to eat. I held my mother's hand as she cried for her brother. I was uniquely alive that day. What a tremendous birthday gift.


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