Wednesday, November 11, 2009

This is the fifth anniversary of Thomas's death. We plan to go to Mass in about an hour, then visit the cemetery this afternoon. Unfortunately it is raining here, the remnants of tropical storm Ida apparently, so this will involve old shoes and not much lingering.

Louise Penny invited me to write her blog entry for today which is an act of incredible generosity for such an accomplished writer whose name is beginning to be very well known indeed (New York Times bestseller list!). The address is I wrote this time about Thomas, rather than our grieving.

And one more thing. It will be announced today by the Montgomery County Executive's office: Ike Leggett has decided to name the Rockville Library the Rockville Memorial Library! After years of campaigning for this, it is going to happen. We are very grateful for this as well. When they put out their press release, I will post a link here.

The anniversaries are kind of strange days I've realized. In other years, I've mourned as we approached the day. This year, the week before was so emotionally difficult because of the Fort Hood events, and also suspecting that something was to be announced at the reception last night with the County Exec. It's just that you reach this point and in fact, the day is easier than expected because you've done so much of the work already. So for this day, my family will gather with a few friends, we will remember Thomas, we will eat and drink, we will celebrate the new life coming --Thomas's older sister Anna is expecting a baby in May. Our happiness will always have a small catch but that is OK.

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At November 11, 2009 at 2:20:00 PM PST , Blogger marcy seitel said...

We are thinking of you on this anniversary. And a perfect time to hear the news of a new baby coming along. Thomas will always be very dear to us. Love, Marcy and Peter

At November 11, 2009 at 3:25:00 PM PST , Blogger pokane said...

As always you are in my thoughts and prayers. Becoming a grandmother last June (Angela and her husband have a son Jacob) has had a profound impact on me.
Peggy O'Kane

At November 11, 2009 at 5:31:00 PM PST , Blogger Lee Ann said...

Old friends! Thank you for sharing this day with us!

Lee Ann

At November 13, 2009 at 5:19:00 AM PST , Anonymous Anonymous said...

Beautiful post Lee Ann. Thank you for sharing so much of Thomas and this journey. Johnna

At November 13, 2009 at 8:58:00 AM PST , Anonymous Laurie said...

Such GREAT news about the naming of the library, Lee Ann. And not a better day to hear about it for you. You were certainly in my thoughts as we had our Oregon ceremony. Blessings to you Grandma!

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