Benjamin's FIRST birthday was February 5th. We had planned a fun family day. Dad had even taken off from work, Grandma Joanne and Grandpa Augie were going to come for lunch and it was to be a sweet quiet day including birthday cupcakes!
A few days before the birthday we got a call from an old high school friend of Claudio's. Another good friend of their's had died suddenly of a heartattack. 37 year old man with a beautiful young family including three very young children. The funeral was to be on Ben's birthday.
So Grandma and Grandpa came early to spend the day with Ben while Claudio and I went to the funeral. It was heartwrenching. Frank was the friend's name and as his sister said in the eulogy he was "larger than life." And he was.
Eternal rest grant under him O Lord
And may perpetual light shine upon him
May he rest in peace.
May his soul and the souls of all the faithful departed rest in peace
Not sure why these two pics came through so small. But here is the rest of our day. We went to dinner at Friendlys where Ben ate clam chowder, saltines, french fried, and ice cream.