Monday, November 12, 2012
I believe we all have gifts, like the gifted artist, singer or musician. My gift is that I see humor in most things. I attempt to present that humor to others. Sometimes my gift is a curse also, since I have learned that there are times when you should not bring attention to or share what you think is funny. School is in the “not funny” category and I spent many hours in the detention and suffering other punishments learning this. Eulogies for family members and good friends however……
I delivered the eulogy at my Mother's funeral. I did not write anything. I simply told and acted out funny stories that my Mother was involved in throughout her life from childhood stories to a few days prior to her passing. My family and friends were not surprised and I had them laughing hard in the aisles of the Catholic Church. I know my Mother was smiling and laughing with us from above. After I finished the eulogy (or as a comedian would say "the set") I turned and told the Priest he could continue the service.
The Priest rose from his seat, turned his head as he watched me take my seat, then announced to all, "Thank you for that very unconventional eulogy!"
My relatives and family friends laughed at the Priest's comment, startling him. I hope when my Father passes, the service is performed by the same Priest so I can remind him I do a very unconventional eulogy.
In my family there are a few of us that have this gift. My Paternal Grandmother and Grandfather were very funny and saw the humor in life. They were a laugh riot at times. A few of my cousins and I possess our Grandparents’ gift.
Years prior to my Mother's passing, one of my Father's sisters died and her youngest son delivered a eulogy that had us rolling with laughter. My cousin Andy possesses the gift.
My youngest daughter possesses the gift. When I pass, I look forward to peering down upon the service to hear her funny eulogy of my life. Of course I may have to look up to hear her funny eulogy. I would bet however that if you go below they don’t let one look up. Heck, I might be better off hanging around on this earthly plane for a while so I can be there in spirit.