As we weed through Sissy's possessions, we find little surprises here and there. Nothing horrible. Just things I'm sure she thought no one would ever know. She has no secrets anymore, and I'm uncomfortable with that. We should all be able to have a few secrets. The sorting and boxing up has to be done, though, so sometimes I open and turn over things with one eye closed.
Not all of the surprises are bad. One of the best surprises came a few days ago, when we discovered this photo. I'd never seen it before, and despite my Morticia Addams hairdo, this is one of my favorite pictures of me and Teen Angel. It was taken in 2000, just a few months before my nephew died. It was during a fundraiser for my brother in law who was awaiting a kidney and pancrease transplant at the time. He would receive that transplant about a month after Chance died. The memories of that fundraiser are bittersweet since Chance, Sissy and my brother in law are all dead now, but I love the love I feel from this picture. A nice surprise, indeed.