We agreed tonight that family lineup photos should be taken at the start of the visit, when everyone is happy and excited, not during the last hour, when we are dragging our heels and fighting back tears. Late this afternoon we gathered for a last supper outdoors, and shared empanadas, lentils, brussels sprouts, and roasted squash. Spontaneously, we spoke from the heart about what this past two weeks has meant to us. Love, comfort, joy, sharing, connections. Hearts opening wide. Folk music.
It could not have been better, in any way.
Sister and Dad, I love you.