It was an uneventful trip until we arrived in Columbia, MD, for a long anticipated visit with our friends, John and Kathy. We were enjoying a lovely dinner and the chance to catch up with each other when my phone rang. It was Chuck calling to tell me he had just learned that Josh had been found dead in his apartment in Colorado. It was a shock. If we had to be away from home when learning such awful news, we couldn't have been in a better place than with John and Kathy. We have been friends for more than 25 years and are familiar with each others children and their histories. It was so helpful to be with supportive, understanding people as we started to process the information.
It's been difficult for me to blog since that time. There were memorial service details to work out, an autopsy report to digest and lots of thoughts and feelings to process. Fortunately our children and my DIL, Sara, swung into action and did the hard work of planning a lovely service that was attended by more than 200 people. We're progressing through a year without him, marking how we miss him at various holidays and his birthday. He and I had been somewhat estranged and I didn't hear from him often. I do find myself thinking about him now and wishing he were still here, out there in the west, far away but with the possibility of contact.
Shelter on the AT in Vermont
I'm hoping to blog regularly again. I have lots of knitting projects to show you and lots of things going on in my life. Let's see how it goes.