Our family attended 2 funerals last week. Both were dear sweet friends from church who were battling their own health issues.
Mrs. Barnett fell ill over the summer, but before that, she and her husband of 62 years were the unofficial greeters of our congregation. They seemed to always be at the doors with a hug or a handshake for anyone entering. That is, whenever they weren't off on some adventure out of town watching the leaves turn or admiring the blooming wildflowers or visiting a new great grandbaby.
They were very active, always willing to serve, and always together. They even babysat our children once when I was in the hospital. Whenever I would have a new baby, there they would be at our door with a casserole she had prepared. She knew that our kids loved her "Pink Stuff", so she usually brought that, too.
When she first went into the hospital, unexpectedly, we asked Mr. Barnett if there was anything we could do to help out. He said that he sure would appreciate if MaddieLynn would iron his clothes. You see, his sweet Dorothy had always ironed his clothes, and now that she was in the hospital, he just didn't know what he was going to do. Of course, we went straight over there and picked up what needed ironing. It was such a small thing, but he seemed to already be lost without her there at home, and we were glad to give whatever comfort we could.
Her health rapidly declined, until suddenly she was gone. I can only imagine the loneliness Mr. Barnett is feeling without his sweet Dorothy. After 62 years of being together, now he is all alone.
During the funeral, the preacher made note of the fact that a 62 year marriage is something to be praised. Some 62 years ago they had made a promise to cling to each other, and since a promise is a promise, that is just what they had done. They had clung together through thick and thin, good times and bad, happiness and sorrow.
I am so glad my children had the privilege of witnessing their marriage and also the funeral, where their commitment to one another was honored.
A few years ago, Mrs. Barnett gave me her recipe for "Pink Stuff". I think I'll make some this week. Here is the recipe, if you would like to make some, too.
Mrs. Barnett's Pink Stuff
1 sm cottage cheese
1 sm can crushed pineapple
1 sm container Cool Whip
Mix jello into cottage cheese. Drain pineapple and mix in. Fold in Cool Whip and refrigerate.