Norman Plourde 5/18/2012
A Death In My Family
When Life hits you too hard, what do you do?
Do you drop everything? Gather close to your loved ones? Cry, eat, sleep, cry some more?
All this, and still it is not enough. No answers. No ease for the sorrow. No turning back Time.
The Father of my beautiful Nieces, my Sister's ex-husband, died suddenly last Thursday.
Heart failure. Nobody knew. He was only 62.
What can you say? What can you do?
We gathered in Maine where Norm lived and worked. Where he was born and where he died. Where the roads are long and mostly dirt and the houses are few and far between.
A close friend of his opened her home to his Family and Friends to Gather and Remember this Wonderful Man. Father, Grandfather, Nephew, Cousin, Brother, Uncle, Brother-in-law, Ex-husband, Friend.... however you were connected to him, it was always the same... Norm was just always there. Steady, Kind, Gentle, Loving, Beloved. Only now he is gone. How do you say Good-bye?
We stood at the edge of the little pond behind his cabin.
Home to fish and frogs. Where the deer and Herons come.
In the woods that Norm loved.
Still thinking to find Norm somewhere nearby.
What can you do? What can you say?
How can you understand Death?
Or do you look into the eyes of his Grandchildren....
And smile because the children need you to smile.....
And because Life goes on...
Norm, You are Missed!