Memory Eternal - Cathy Dix

Christmas and Thanksgiving are not the same any longer that Cathy is no longer with us.  She would attend the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and Pascha (Easter) dinner at the Disharoons every year.  This year she fell asleep in the Lord in August.

After being with us for dinner for almost ten years, she finally learned that I'm black.  I did not know that she did not know and it was never an issue.  Why would I even think about it?  She found out when one of the twins happened to say something.  I think that it was CeCe, but I'm not sure.  Who really cares?

When Dr. Pat told me, I thought that it was rather hilarious, and apparently so did her sister when I told her.  Cathy has been blind since childhood.  But she was an amazing woman.

I took MTA to the funeral.  I had to walk a half a mile to the bus stop and then took the #23 which took me down the street from the church.  So I had to stay at the bus stop and take the next bus which took me directly across the street from the church.  But the directions on Google maps said to go east from the bus stop and then turn right.  I walked about a half a block, close enough to see the street sign on the cross street, and knew that these directions were really bad.  There was a woman walking in the same direction.  I asked her, "Where is St. Agnes Street."  She stopped, looked around, and pointed right to the church.

I was late for the Mass, but I still made it and sat with Russ and Dr. Pat.  After the Mass, we rode to the mercy meal and then Russ drove me home.  He probably was back at his house sooner than the bus would had gotten me home.

At the end of the service, as I was waiting out back, I met the deacon who served.  Somebody came up to me and handed me my hat which I left in the pew.  At the meal I met the priest and told him, "I'm the other Father Michael." 

Dr. Bob and Dr. Pat are colleagues and know each other.  I met Dr. Bob on a community walk in East Baltimore a few months earlier.  That evening he and I had a very interesting and rewarding conversation.

 

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Dr. Pat, Russ, Dr. Bob

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Cathy's cvhoir

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