Thomas Russell Sheridan
The weekend would include a family gathering at Locust Lodge, the cottage Granddaddy and Grammie (with the help of my great-grandfather) built in 1948, and the Sheridans grew up going to. Tom had requested that his ashes be spread in the Columbia River and the Potomac River, so during that time, Ginny would get in her kayak and spread his ashes near the cottage. We would slowly move to Ginny and Tom's house, a little down the road (and across the creek from my parents place), and be joined by neighbors, friends, and colleagues of Tom's. Have I mentioned yet that Ginny's twin sisters, four kids, their spouses, and her grandkids were all here as well? It was my first time meeting them, and I'm so sorry I hadn't met them sooner. I enjoyed meeting all the new family members and had a great time with everyone there. It was so special to have so many people there in honor of Tom.
You read about me baking for days already. Many other family members were preparing finger foods, desserts, photo slide shows, and coordinating a horn trio for the day. Yep- Becky contacted two of her coworker/friends in the Army Field Band, and got them to join her at the River to play during the spreading of his ashes (playing the Naval Hymn), and then during the beginning of the gathering at Ginny and Tom's. She was arranging pieces for 3 horns, to songs Mom and I had suggested (some Beatles songs, Country Roads, Rolling Stones...) whenever she had a free second. We were all giving everything we had to this weekend, and the results showed.
And now, to let some pictures do the talking. Please understand that this was the first time in many many years that so many family was together, and I took as many pictures as I could to try to make sure I didn't miss anyone. So like usual, this will be a long post, but I hope you enjoy it :-)
Becky and I carpooled down on Friday after I could get away from work. We're crossing the Nice Bridge, in VA, over the Potomac.
|Milky Way in the lower corner, probably a planet in the middle there|