I may not have my old friends and family to hang out with every night, but I can contact them every day. I can know when a friend is working in Bangkok or having a Hen party in Australia. The contentment is mainly twinged when major life events must be missed. My cousin is getting married today in Virginia, and the rest of my family on that side of the tree will be there. I had originally intended to make it my mission to get there come what may. I wanted to celebrate this union of love, particularly because my aunt who passed away not long after I returned from Paris the last time, will not be there. Though timing, resources, and finances made it too difficult to be present, I also feel strongly that all hearts, no matter where they currently reside, will be present to celebrate this day...
Last night, I had my sister read the following poem to my cousin the night before she wed...
A kind and younger cousin with a firey head of hair,
She's smart in ways that I don't always think are very fair.
So good with things like numbers while I frolic all absurd,
Through jealousy perhaps I would consider her a nerd ; )
But memories of youthful days with Grandma in the yard,
The Christmases so decadent, just like a greeting card.
And then there was kielbasa, sharing love beyond the rest,
A'culminating in what should be every year a fest.
Then one day came a fella, coupled with my younger cuz,
Attending fam'ly gath'rings, witnessing "Lewonczyk" buzz.
And not afraid of all ridiculousness was prepared,
To join in the shenanigans, for blatantly he cared.
Though sadly I am wandering around the world too far,
To witness all the happiness that rains from every star.
Tomorrow when you wed know that with every sweet hors d'oeuvre,
My heart is overflowing with the bliss that you deserve.