This past week marked significant dates: July 10, the day we reached Santiago; July 13, Dad’s birthday; July 12, the one year mark of Aunt Ginny’s memorial. At the service the Swedish hymn, “Children of a Heavenly Father,” sung at both Mom’s and Aunt Arlene’s services, was performed by cousin Kent. He sang the verses in both English and Swedish, honoring the Charn girls’ heritage and paying tribute to their father, Victor, whose memorial many years ago featured this song.
Yesterday in Toledo Dad and I visited the Monasterio de San Juan de los Reyes, a Franciscan monastery with Gothic and Mudejar (Moorish) architecture. Flower arrangements were placed in the altar area in preparation for a wedding last night. A flutist and a pianist practiced classical pieces as we enjoyed San Juan’s serene atmosphere. The tranquil setting was an appropriate place to conclude an eventful week with memories recently made on the trip and those of Aunt Ginny. Her bright spirit will forever be missed.