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Florida National Cemetery

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Today has been a tough day for me...we visited my DH's Father's burial site.
Jim was a good man, and I loved him dearly. Not long after I married his son, he told me "You have made my son the happiest that I have ever seen him. Thank you for that!" When he ended up having surgery, he asked if I could stay with him during the hospital nights, because he was afraid. He was afraid because at night he would get confused, and try to climb out of bed and pull out his tubes, etc. But when he would wake up and see me, he could re-orient himself. Plus, he knew that I wouldn't let anything happen to him.

When he passed away (at the hospital), we all were able to be with him, including our daughter. The Funeral home was wonderful-they asked us if Jim was a veteran. He was, in WWII, in the navy. So, he was able to be laid to rest in the Florida National Cemetery.

We went yesterday because it's close to his birthday. Our daughter came along too, she is 25. She also wanted to hear some stories about her Grandfather, and we obliged!

Have any of you ever been to one of our National Cemeteries? They are very peaceful, well kept, and beautiful though simple. Here is a picture of the entrance, and the fountain.



There are benches everywhere, so that you can sit for awhile. That is where we told our daughter stories (true ones!) about her Grandfather.


It was also a beautiful place to walk! Lots of shade, trees, and wildlife. While we were there a Swallow was taking wing above us!

Even though it was difficult, it was worthwhile to go and reflect on our loved ones. Usually emotional things cause me to overeat, but I was able to stay within my caloric limits, tho on the high side!
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HANOVERLADY 6/14/2011 2:38PM

    What a lovely place to be the final resting place of your father-in-law. I'm so glad you had a good relationship with him. In-laws being evil is such a cliche. My father-in-law passed away last year and I miss him so much. The first time my husband took me to have dinner with his parents we'd been dating about 2 months. John, who became my father-in-law, asked me if I'd like a drink. I asked him if he had Jack Daniels. He gave me a cautious "yes". I thought "oh, no, he thinks women shouldn't drink whiskey, oh well". He asked me how I wanted it and I said "over ice". He whooped and said "you have to marry this woman!" How was I to know that JD on the rocks was his favorite drink? We had a close relationship for all my married life. I'm so glad your daughter got to hear grandfather stories. Looks like you are a very close family - super!

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