Many people might think that if we are mourning the death of someone, we should not be thinking about entertaining and having having a nice time. Tonight, at mom’s wake, the mood was not somber. Yes, it was sad. Yes there were tears, but it was also lighthearted in some ways as well. There were so many people who came to pay their respects to our family. So many people that loved my mom came to show us how much that they cared about her. There were stories shared and memories recalled. I heard much more laughter than crying. It seems that a gathering like this; lively and loud, may seem disrespectful to my mom but, my mom was not a quiet lady. Anyone that knew her knew how much she loved a party. She would not have wanted us to be there weeping by her side. She would have wanted it just the way it was. With laughter and love and joy being expressed by everyone. That is the way she would have wanted any gathering that she was at, and one that is honoring her should not be any different.