(PIC: The Glacial Grooves were carved into limestone bedrock during the last Ice Age, about 18,000 years ago.) With what seems like the "weight of the world" off of my shoulders, I've really been able to enjoy the summer now! (I know I should start preparing for my oral examinations, but.......I've been playing instead!) We spent Sunday with Aunt Marty and Uncle Jeff. We took the Kelley's Island Ferry over to the Island with our bikes, and had a great day of biking, hiking, swimming and eating.
Shayla and I went to the cemetery on Monday. That always ends in tears. This time was no exception, but strangly enough my sister called me just as we got back into the van. It should have made me very happy she was checking in on me, and it did, but it also made me sad knowing Shayla will never have a sister pick up the phone and call her. When I asked Shayla at the cemetery if she missed Christi too she immediately responded, "Of course. How could I not?" The last time we were there, there was a little treat with her name on it. That was an amazing surprise! I really must get her cemetery plaque ordered. I just keep putting it off, not wanting to do the very last thing I can possibly do for her.
A couple of weeks ago, when my sister came up she told me what time they'd arrive. Then she called me back and said that Shelby changed her mind about stopping at the cemetery and they'd be a bit later becuase now she wanted to stop and visit Christi's grave. Originally, Shelby did not want to because it would be too sad, but then as they drove by Shelby told Tina that she couldn't be any more sad than she already was so they might as well turn around and go back to the cemetery. When I met up with Shelby, her face was still glistening with tears. Christi's death has been hard on all of us. When I asked Shayne yesterday why it was still so hard for me to go to the cemetery he told me that we loved her so much, we will always miss her so much. That is so very true. She was loved. I often wonder would it be better to have really loved and lost, or to have never loved at all. Loving hurts!
(Aunt Marty & Shayla) Soon it will be "OSU Football Season" and these two ladies will be spending a lot of time together while we go root for the Buckeyes!