A year ago today, out apple trees and pear trees were laden with sweet fruit.
I made applesauce, apple pies, pear tarts.
My friends and neighbors were showered with fruit products.
Relatives from Washington State spent the weekend with us, and we planned a bigger family reunion with the rest of the troupe for 2011.
Well, here is October 2011, and we are all scattered to the four winds, bent and busy, barren and beaten.
It turned out that Brian's Memorial Ceremony reunited most of the relatives, and friends we had not seen since we left Los Angeles ten years ago. We promised each other to make an effort to come together for joyful occasions, the way God and Patriarchs had intended.
My relatives in Italy, however, will still be missing.
When people left to seek their fortunes on another continent, the send-off was very much like a funeral. People did not return for decades, sometimes never again. Few people have the resources to visit regularly.
Do keep in touch with your loved ones. Time is a precious commodity.