And for the first time in a very long time, there is peace tonight.
Dad has missed mom these past 9 years with an intensity we could never ease. It was if he was incomplete, just half of a whole without her by his side.
He loved us and lived life well, but there was always the shadow of her passing holding his heart hostage.
Tonight they celebrate together, and there is a genuine joy in remembering their happiness.
The stranglehold of grief is released in the remembering...
So. Much. Love.
Peace for this heart tonight.