I'm sitting on my couch listening to Il Divo's version of Amazing Grace. Next will be Debussy's Clair du Lune, then Sarah Brightman's Ave Maria, and Trio Argentino's performance of Shubert-Faure's Trio in E-Flat for Piano, Violin and Cello.
Not my usual music but these songs are on one of two CDs I made yesterday for Wednesday's memorial service and reception for my friend's brother-in-law. The music is so completely soothing and though I selected each song and put them together for a somber event, I find that the notes lift my heart, comfort me like warm grass beneath my bare feet. I hope that the family will be able to find some comfort as well.
I put myself through an intense cardio session at the gym this morning, delivered a birthday present and walked Cheyenne through the neighborhood. I've submitted my resume for a job, and I've printed a photo for a friend.
Later today, I'll pack an overnight bag, my camera, some CDs. I'll drive to a friend's house and ride with her to Temple, TX, to have a late dinner with my friend's family after they attend the viewing. Tomorrow, we'll attend the memorial service and reception, and then return home.
In my garden, a young rose blooms new beside a rose that has faded and dropped all but one petal. I think to myself that there is no better or more beautiful symbol of life and death for me to see today.