I went to a funeral this day for Miss G. They made her look good, and overall it was a very peaceful ceremony.
I went outside at one point in time for somebody, and met 2 older gentlemen. I was wearing my old homecoming high heels and the wind was blowing like crazy. I mentioned I was cold, and the 1st man gave me his jacket. I was so embarrassed but he was so kind at heart. Just the thought of the gesture made me a little bit warmer inside of it. (since I’m short, the jacket was basically as long as me.) The 2nd man called me over to him as we awaited the ceremony to start, and we had this conversation…(Bold is gentleman, Italic is me.)
Hey you! Young lady! C’mere! Me??…Yea, you! Your the only lady out here, ain’t you? Well yeah, but…..*walking over* *looking at me for a few moments*….who ARE you? I’m Alyson..! *nodds gently and shyly* …..You remind me so much of Mouse. Mouse?…Miss G! I should have mentioned I’m the only one who called her that nickname. I’ve known her since she was about 6. Wow..! I wish I could tell you why, but you do remind me of her. The height, the smallness…..you wanna know why I called her Mouse?? Because a mouse is small and compact!…They are small but cunning, and they can squeeze into tight spaces??…thats why I’m proud to be small…I’m small…!…and cute..ish??…*laughs* You got it, girly. I used to be able to pick her up and cradle her like a baby, no matter what he age, because she was so small. I could hold her right in my lap. I bet I could do the same with you. Oh, I’m sure you could! Anybody can hold me really…! I like it!!..to a certain extent…I mean, I only let 1 person touch me really thats a male…! *laughs* I guess I’m weird like that! Well let me tell you something! I like you! Your gonna carry on Miss G’s name. Wanna know why? Your small, mighty, beautiful, and determined. I can tell you have a big heart like her, and anybody would be crazy NOT to date a classy lil lady like yourself! *tearing up at his words* oh well…! thank you so much!..this made my day!..even though we are at a funeral home..! hehe!…Nah, not a problem, I know what you mean…*puts arm around me* Your my new Mouse. Got it?…*thinking of names* yeah..! Mouse 2! No…! Huh?? *looks at me* Mini Mouse. *smiles* There we go!!! I like that!!! Mini Mouse it is!!!! *smiles with a laugh*
I wore the 1st man’s jacket for quite a while, and smiled every time I saw the other. They were both so sweet and they understood I was having a difficult time sucking back my tears…and I thank them for that. They just made me respect my elders even more for being patient, kind and caring.
So now I have 2 nicknames: Munchkin and Mini Mouse. I’m proud to carry them both. I’m proud that I got to make it to the funeral and see Miss G one last time. I know she had a good Easter in Heaven today, and she was watching over her family. She loved each and every one of us that made it to see her, and I’m so thankful I got to meet her and have an amazing woman in my life as my second mom. Thank you for being there for me and for everyone that came into your life Miss G. All of us were blessed to have you in our lives.
Stay Strong, Family. You know I will always be there for you. I’m a phone call away, and I’ll take care of you no matter how much it wears me down. I love you guys. Your my 2nd family.