By Patty Wilber
Dogs fly free on Southwest Airlines! At least if they are under 50 lbs and statues in a box.
This dog “lived” with Jim’s Mom for many many years..
She passed away Oct, 15, 2015.
At first, I was not especially keen on bringing the statue back to NM, but heck, we adopted Babe, Midge’s living canine, when she moved out of her home into assisted living, so why not the plaster cast dog? And besides, this isn’t any ordinary dog-likeness. This guy was Midge’s companion until nearly the very end!
Last weekend, all Midge’s descendants (and spouses and significant others–26 of us) descended on Illinois to celebrate her life. Most of us stayed (and the rest congregated for much of the time) at Jackie, Jim’s oldest sister’s, house. That was an amazing reunion and what a gift to us all. Thanks SO MUCH Jackie!
The dog was there, too!
We all spend a good part of one day going through boxes and albums of pictures to make posters for the memorial service. Casey created the “Swimsuit Grama” collection and Mark and Erika’s theme was “Tan Grama”. I think you get the “picture” that swimming was big in Midge’s life!
We talked and laughed and cried and ate. And ate.
The memorial service in Rockford was really nice, too. Many old (actually old–not just long-time) friends were there. And look who snuck into the picture below!
It was kind of a relief (that was a lot of social time!) and also a let down (when will ever be together again?) to head home, but when we got here…
We are happy to have him.