Friday, September 19, 2008

The Wake

Well, la Familia Leigh y Hodgson and folks from the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute and Padre y the Lovely Mona participated in a Wake for Elizabeth Leigh in Gamboa. There was lots of great food and booze, as one expects in a proper Wake. After talking with the youths and teaching a few guitar chords, I headed down the street to drink with my buddy Egbert and some other folks. The Lovely Mona stayed with the young folks and their celebration, and she took some photos.

I'm just gonna post them without comment. You can tell that we all did honor to Lizzie's memory!

Señorita Chompita Wiggletail's sister, Miss Viola.

Señorita Chompita Wiggletail's niece, Natasha. Natasha and her mom are moving to a new home tomorrow.


Kirkepiscatoid said...

Little Eddie was a bit enamored with Natasha but he wanted me to assure Chompita that although "dat Natasha es muy bonita, Chompita es mas bonita..."

Jane R said...

Wow, the Wiggletail family is a real dynasty!

sunshine said...

after feasting, we moved upstairs to begin singing, poetry readings, guitar strumming, flute playing, drum beating, theater performing, and Lizzie led us in a song ""Mud, Mud glorius Mud"" via video from June 2008. as the night was closing, i put some turkish music on, hoping to encite Mary into some belly dancing, but then we all ended up dancing the shimmy and laughing. Lizzie was with us. the men seemed to evaporate during this number, so we ended the night in a big circle of women, holding hands as Lizzie's sister gave a benediction. then we all shouted three loud cheers for Lizzie and ended with (not a few) hugs and tears.

Padre Mickey said...

Thanks for the report on the remainder of the evening, Sunshine. We had a good time, and it was good to see you again.

Joseph Petty said...

Thank you for posting some pictures of the funeral and the wake. My Dad, Jess, was rector at St Luke's in the late 70's and he and my Mom became friend with Elizabeth back then. I would go out to the Island and stay the weekend at her invitation. I was eight or nine. Those visits are what guided me to my career in science. I remember John as a toddler and when Mary was born. I have not seen Elizabeth in many years but am still sad to hear of her passing. She was a unique and extraordinary person and I will always remember her. Thank You.

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