Robert's service was really lovely. There was a large turnout and several people spoke, including a woman he'd only worked with for the last three months. This is how Robert touched people! I'm proud of the obituary I wrote. I figure it was the most important thing I've ever written. You can read it here. I also made a video, here.
Yesterday was a hard day. Robert had just moved to Aurora a few weeks ago and had bought new furniture, dishes, bedding and towels. Walking into his home was like walking into a model home! He really did have such great taste. We had to go through all of his belongings, decide what we each wanted to keep and what to sell. The kids each selected something from the house that reminded them of Uncle Robert and even though my largest momento is his cat André (seriously...he weighs 13 pounds)...I found a few things.
We brought everything home and started putting some of the items in the basement storage closet. But first we had to move out two of the extra chairs for the dining room table. Once we had kids we bought two extra chairs so that everyone would have a seat when we had family dinners. When our family was all together there were always 8 of us.
I started to pull one of the chairs out of the little dark closet and it fell apart in my hands. The back completely fell off! I've moved this chair a dozen times in the last 3 years and it was always sturdy. I carried it to the dumpster and as I laid it inside I realized that this was likely Robert's chair and we didn't need it anymore. Big tears rolled down my face as I let go of the chair. Robert will never sit at my table again.