It's over. I still and will always hate viewings. I find them to be pointless and insane. smiled and nodded and hugged and thank-you'd everyone who came. I DO appreciate the fact that they came to support us. I just wish there was another way to do it. Thankfully, I actually knew a good majority of the people that showed and could laugh with a lot of them. One of the co-workers that drives me absolutely batty came. I'm not really surprised, actually. She can be amazingly sweet at times. It's the other 90% of the time I want to murder her. Today, it was sweet.
I had to make a break for the statue a few times. I let myself leave the funeral parlor on the hour, each hour so I could just sit, talk to Her and breathe for a few minutes. I'm very pleased with myself and how I held up. The only time I teared up was when I was talking with one of my cousins about how much I hated doing viewings. Then I sucked it up and went over to greet more relatives like a big girl (with a masochistic streak).
The worst part was not having anything to do with my hands. I kept clenching them. Even if I could have had some crochet or something non-patterned I would have been fine. *snort* I'm telling you, this stupid viewing is Grandma's last revenge on me and my ADD. She's laughing her ass off in heaven (or the other place) and pointing down at me right now. She damn well better be saying she's proud of me for not having just made a complete break for it and being pretty much entirely sociable, even when I was so jittery my hands were shaking apart. ;p
So, tomorrow I get to be at the church at 8:30 am. Mass is at 9:30 and brunch at Stirna's (where else?) is around 11 am. Getting there. By 1 pm or so, this should all be over with and I can go home, relax, do laundry and psych myself up for work on Tuesday at the "bright and shining" hour of 4 am.
On a writing positive note, everyone commented on the obit I wrote. They all loved it. Oh, and I finished the map for my NaNo this morning before the viewing and have decided my characters are not going to escape the city, they're going to burn down the temple and lead a revolution instead. Sira's going to have fun getting all flamey when she fights the other dragon.