Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Too Quiet Today

The whirr of the dishwasher and washing machine,
pale in comparison to the noise we had this weekend...

Izzy's band made a few performances,

and my 4 kids played hard with their 3 cousins in from CA for Grandpa's funeral.

Missing the laughter,
and their energy today.

Missing my big brother,
and remembering with some humor the events of Saturday post funeral.

A 40 something man,
wearing a suit and overcoat,
returning with me from the burial,
making a quick decision,
remembering Grandpa's farm,
reliving the fun of his youth,
checking out silos....in 10 degree weather,
exiting the woods,
surrounded by 8 policeman...
and a very freaked out sister (me) inside of his car,
after being interrogated by three men in uniform....

I think I am breathing again,
and the quiet feels pretty good again.



  1. I don't remember who it was that started the conversation, but your brother and my dad were discussing the climbing of silos during lunch. I think it started with reminiscing about Covenant Point work trips and ladders.

    Where exactly does one find a silo to climb (aside from the obvious "at the farm")? And how did the police get there so fast?

    Such a fun mental image.... :)

  2. Ok, now I am curious and need to hear the whole story! Spit it out girlfriend! So sorry that you had a loss in your family. If you need anything, I am here for ya!

  3. Sorry to hear that you have lost a precious member of your family. Your kiddies look so confident and talented - what a blessing!

  4. Thank you!
    Kelly...I wasn't in on that conversation..would have appreciated a heads-up! :) There are plenty of silos around here....and he chose a group of 4 on a well-travelled road.
    Maggie...just a fast decision to climb a silo. The police found it odd that someone over 40 would choose to do this activity post burial, and in cold Jan. weather dressed in a suit and overcoat. Not listening to me, he chose to think my brother might be suicidal..he wasn't, far from it, just fondly remembering my grandpa teaching him how to climb ladders and silos. I'll never see a silo again without thinking of this day!

  5. when are they putting out their first release? ;) enjoy the quiet... you will miss it again soon!

  6. The dishwasher and the washing machine...sounds like you were pretty productive today! So sorry for your loss...

  7. Sorry to hear about the passing of your grandpa...he must have lived a full life. I am sure it wasn't the first time your brother was in trouble & you were the "innocent" bystander!! The band pics are so sweet! hugs, Cathy

  8. i hope my kid(s) play instruments when they get older. just melts my hear to see them all together for an event like that. reminds me of playing with my siblings when we were younger and all lived at home. fun girl! :)