I wish I could share with you some of our wedding video. It was taken by a friend - who is not a professional - but who did a better job than any professional could have ever done.
He simply went around and asked people to say something into the camera and since he isn't one to take No for an answer, everyone pretty much obliged. And it is hysterical. And we love it. And it's hard to believe it was almost 10 years ago.
On that video is a wonderful woman who liked to laugh. A lot. And loud. And with the raspy sound of a smoker and the howl of a drinker - but that was the best part. And she is a highlight on our video - flirting with the "videographer", dancing and kissing into the lens. She only had sons, so growing up she used to treat me like a daughter every time she'd see me. We'd sneak off to talk about boys. Or for a cigarette. And when I was older we'd clink our glasses over some funny joke or comment. She carted around her wine coolers or always had something "on the rocks" in her hand. She never failed to tell me she thought I was beautiful. And I knew she meant it.
Today I learned of the death of her dear soul whose time with us suddenly and unexpectedly came to the end of a long, hard journey, but whose love of life and family will stay with us beyond her time on earth.
I'll have those images of her forever thanks to that video and the memories I hold close to my heart.
Goodnight Ginny. You were a hoot and always showed me so much love.