When I got home yesterday afternoon, I found the most beautiful roses on my porch. They were from a neighbor. In the card, she explained that a friend had given her the rose bush when her mother died five years ago. "She keeps it bloom!" she wrote.
Today, at my grandmother's funeral, I will read a tribute written by my younger cousin, Abby. Abby ended the tribute with something my grandmother used to say to encourage her:
Just back up and punt.
And these words, from a song she used to sing:
Stop hiding behind that pillow. Stop hiding behind the hay. Get up, get out, and meet the sun halfway.