It has been quite a week for our family.
Our grandpa-uncle just passed away.
Although he is the brother of my father’s mother, we called him “uncle” all our lives.
We never met my grandmother, but he filled that role to us.
More than that, he was like the godfather of the entire family.
Our very own Don Vito Corleone.
He was many things to each member of the family.
But what I will remember most about him is how he ALWAYS seem to bring the family together.
Even as we said our final goodbyes to him, I realized that he brought the family back together again.
Uncle was a man full of passions.
One of this passion is music. He sure had taste in music.
So this week, not only did the family got together with overflowing prayers and sympathies for him, but also with overflowing musical dedications.
The top 5 songs playing in this week of mourning were:
- Moon River by Frank Sinatra
- What a Wonderful World by Louis Armstrong
- I Just Called to Say I Love You by Stevie Wonder
- After All by Peter Cetera
- Bye Bye by Mariah Carey
The first three were some of uncle’s favorites.
After All was sung in the interment.
And Bye Bye was a song performed by my sisters and cousins in dedication to him in one of the nights of prayer for him.
Every thing about this week was a mixture of…
… sadness and gratefulness,
… mourning and rejoicing,
… tears and laughter.
But as with all our family gatherings, it was filled with drama, love and music.
Till we meet again, Lolo Uncle!
This is in response to Daily Prompt: Playlist of the Week.