I got back from ten days in Southern California this week. The time went by so quickly. The first day there was spent getting ready for my dad's funeral and a reception. The second day was the funeral mass with a lovely luncheon afterwards, the next day was the burial with full military honors. All of it was so moving. The rest of the time my sisters, brother-in-law and I packed up my dad's house of 51 years. I'm so exhausted, both emotionally and physically. I'm home now, back at work, and trying to find a new normal. Life goes on, albeit with a hole in my heart.