This is what people look like when they're waiting their turn to bury some of the ashes of a dear friend at the foot of a tree in her yard. On Saturday, despite a storm that flooded every piece of low-lying ground for states around and knocked out power lines everywhere, a great many friends and relatives gathered at Janet Kagan's house to pay their last respects. During a break in the rain, we did our final small kindness for her.
How strange and familiar Janet's house looked! Every inch of it, every artwork, cat toy, and heap of books imprinted with her personality, and only she herself absent. Her husband Ricky cooked an enormous amount of food, and a lot of people whom I care a great deal about were present.
But, forgive me for stating the obvious, the event would have been a lot more fun if Janet were still around.
More photos of the memorial can be found here.