In the last 2 days I've attended 3 funerals. Yesterday's funeral was for Nile's mother Aylene Fowler who was like a second mother to me when I was kid. Unfailingly generous and loving, here she is with her beloved Ike.
The second was today as we attended Sherwood Smith's funeral. Sheree's father and long-time Potwin resident, Sherwood was an accomplished architect who was loved by many. Despite his frown in this photo, he was not a grumpy man.
Between the first two funerals, we endured a record snowfall for March 20th. Trying to match the spirit, I've been playing Christmas music all day. Helen is mildly amused. While I hate to be a complainer ... winter is over, isn't it?
Today we also attended the showing of the documentary film "Mariachi Estrella" at White Concert Hall on Washburn University's campus. It is about the formation, success and tragedy of the first all-female mariachi band in the US. Started in Topeka by Gina Mentzer's grandmother Teresa Cuevas, 4 of its founding members died in the tragic Hyatt Regency skyway collapse in 1981. Still going strong at almost 90, Mrs. Cuevas inspired us with a mini-concert after the film.
Oh yes ... the last funeral was late this afternoon for the Kansas Basketball team who lost in the 2nd round of the NCAA tournament. Did I say I was ready for spring?