Today was a long day. Parts were sad. Parts were joyful. Parts I don’t remember. It was good to have all the family together, but I can’t believe that lately the only time we are all together seems to be for funerals. That is just not right.
I’d like to thank Williams Funeral Home of Gordon for treating the family with such respect and love. We needed it and certainly appreciated it.
I’d like to thank so many who brought food, etc. to Shannon’s home for us. We were in need of a good meal and we got one thanks to each of you.
I’d like to thank everyone who came to visitation to let the family know what KaKa had meant to them. I loved talking to you about the fun times you had with my sweet baby sister. She was a character. So many of her former co-workers from Rheem came by and shared stories with us about their time together. I know how much KaKa thought of each of you — so many times, she would mention your names during our conversations. Although she didn’t get to see y’all as much as she’d like, I hope you know that she held each of you close to her heart. Rheem was her family for a long time. There were a few very special people who came by and for fear of leaving someone’s name out, I will not name names, but you know who you are. I know you loved KaKa and that means the world to me. Thank you for showing me the love you had for her.
I’d especially like to thank Sherri and Shannon for digging out all the pictures of their mama. So many of those pictures flooded my mind with sweet memories. I truly enjoyed watching KaKa with her smiling face flash by on the screen. I will always remember those pictures.
Life is going to be different for us now. None of us will be able to pick up the phone to talk to KaKa when we want to. I dread that. Her children and grandchildren are going to miss all the love that she so readily shared with them. Her husband is going to feel lost without her there by his side. I ask that those of you who loved KaKa as I did, please keep in touch with her husband, Elton, and her girls, Sherri and Shannon. Such huge pieces of their hearts have been banged up this last week and they are going to need some love and support. I trust that you will show them some love.
I also want to thank my children for being there to support me. I needed your love today. Thank you for giving that to me. I don’t quite know how to act now that I’m the last of the four Mains girls. I want to think that I’m not old enough to be the only one of us left, but I guess I am, huh? It’s kind of funny, but I always loved talking about the fact that there were four of us. We were kind of thought of as “those four Mains girls.” In fact, I even remember a teacher once saying to me, “Ah, another Mains girl. Are there any more of you?” There was a look of disappointment on her face when I proudly said, “Yes, m’am. There are two more after me.” I think I even laughed when I said it. So, we began with four; then there were three, then two, and then we had the bonus of adding Joan, and now — I’m it. I hope I can continue to show that the four of us were a strong unit, there to support each other and to love each other. I remember how excited we were when we found out about Joan. And now, you’ve gotten to meet her before me.
Anyway, I will miss you, KaKa. You were my baby sister and I can’t believe that you are gone. But, I know that by now you have given Mama, Joan, Sandra, and Sonja some love. Send me some sign that I was right when I said that I thought Joan looked a lot like Mama. Is she fun? Does she have Mama’s mannerisms? I can’t wait to get to meet her when I get to Heaven. I bet y’all have already had a few good laughs together, haven’t you? One day, I will be able to join you and share in those laughs, along with Mama, Sandra, and Sonja. Until then, keep everyone in check and enjoy your time in Heaven with no coughing and no heart problems — I bet you feel like a million dollars, don’t you? Just knowing that you are no longer miserable truly makes me feel better. And most of all — remember that I love you, KaKa. And I’ll miss you.