Life is funny. Sometimes the most fabulous times collide with the hardest of moments…I believe the word appropriated for such times is “bittersweet”. This weekend was a perfect example.
As many of you know, my Nana has been sick for the past few weeks and passed away this Sunday while I was out of town. Though I knew it was eminent, there is nothing that can prepare you for the news that someone you love has taken their last breath and it broke my heart that I wasn’t with her. There are no words to describe the feeling that goes with the hole in your heart that can only be filled by the shape of that person. The pain is too fresh to poke at that bear, but in time I hope to dig deeper to tell you some of her stories. For now I’ll just say that she was not only my grandma but she was also my friend and will be greatly missed.
I can’t let this week pass without saying thank you to all the families of the military who lost loved ones as they served our country. In 1943 my Nana was deep into marine boot camp when she received word that her fiance, Marine First Lieutenant Mike Hoffman, was killed in the Battle of Tarawa (for which he earned the silver star). It is in his honor that she continued with her service until the war ended, eventually meeting and marrying my Papa, also a WWII veteran. Nana was extremely proud of her time in the military and of her country. Whether you believe in war or not, someone today is mourning the loss of their son, daughter, father, mother, brother, sister, uncle, aunt, or friend so that we can live in peace. On their behalf, please take a moment to appreciate that sacrifice.
On the sweet side, this weekend I attended Camp Mustache. For those of you who don’t know, CM is a gathering of like minded folks who read and act on the writings of Mr. Money Mustache, accidental leader of the “Mustachian Cult”. Like my Nana’s life, words can’t do justice to my experience but as a writer is mused to do, in this case I will give it a try. 🙂 Continue reading “Unfuck Yourself… A Non $$ Lesson From Camp Mustache”