Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Tears of Joy

There are multiple meanings to today's blog title. The first one is very literal! I got a text message from my brother yesterday after he went to the doctor, and I did literally start crying and jumping up and down! And dancing of course. Why? Gordon is in remission! No more cancer! It's all gone! 

Definitely worth dancing about don't you think? 

The other reason I titled this post Tears of Joy is that yesterday was also a sad day. My hubby's Aunt Janet passed away about two weeks ago, and yesterday was the memorial. We spent the afternoon at my Mother in Law's house with just the family, and then we headed over to the Portland Center for the Performing Arts to celebrate her life with all her friends! 

Aunt Janet helped start the Tears of Joy Theatre with her husband many years ago, and not only created a successful company that has touched the hearts of thousands with their puppets, but she has been a major part of the arts community in Oregon and the Northwest. I didn't have a chance to get to know her that well between when I married into the family and when we lost her suddenly, but she was a wonderful person, and was incredible to see how loved she was an by so many people! It was a wonderful celebration that included everything from people sharing stories, to poetry, to puppets, to opera! Aunt Janet, you'll be missed.

Aunt Janet

Go check out the Tears of Joy Theatre company.


Anonymous said...

I'm so happy about you brother! Indeed a day to dance, even for Aunt Janet. How wonderful to be remember by so many in such beautiful ways, she must be smiling.

BeadedTail said...

That's wonderful news about Gordon! So sorry to hear about Aunt Janet. She sounds like she was a very special lady!

Marsha Wiest-Hines said...

So happy for you and your brother! Dancing a bit on your behalf. :o)

Meri Greenleaf said...

I'm very very very happy about Gordon- but you already knew that. :D

And sending along *hugs* about your aunt. *more hugs!* She sounds like she was an awesome person. :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

That is Wonderful news about Gordon!!!
I'm sorry to hear about Aunt Janet! She sounds like a great lady!

Meghann LittleStudio said...

I'm sorry to hear about hubby's Aunt Janet, but SO glad to hear about your brother's cancer being in remission! Praise!