Today dawned bright and clear. When we got up it was 32˚F when we woke up at 8 am, but by the time of the memorial service it was in the 50's˚. When we first got up we ate breakfast at La Peep, 5133 Harding Pike Ste B6, on West End. It was soooo much better than the Pancake Pantry. The French Toast was wonderful! And notice the art!
When we got to Harpeth Hills, as I said, the sun was shining brightly, and the room soon filled up with, I'm guessing, 50+ people. Raf was able to reconnect with his college friend, Ron Johnson (no, not my cousin, another Ron Johnson). Ron lives and teaches in San Francisco.
The funeral home had a looped video of photos of John's life and a table with photos and remembrances of John, including a book Raf gave John about John, Raf, Dan Kimpel, and Jeff Traintime's band, Diamond Reo.
Raf and Mattie here remembering John.
Raf talked some about his brother and sang Let it be Me by the Everly Brothers that he and John had sung.
Kathy Mattea sang Amazing Grace. I didn't mention this yesterday online because I'm sure she didn't want it advertised.
Kathy's husband, John Vezner, a Grammy winner in his own right, sang a song he had written for his mother.
Many people spoke about John, and my feeling about AA changed a lot. Jesus Christ was spoken of in a way I didn't realize was significant for AA, and today John would have received his 16-year-pin which Mattie gave to one of his friends.
Tonight we are meeting Ron Johnson for dinner at his hotel, so that he and Raf can do some more catching up.
We leave early in the morning for home...hope the rain holds off until we get there.