I had to make an unexpected trip out home today for a funeral. It was for the mom of an elementary school friend of mine who I hadn’t seen in quite a few years. But I wanted to be there. It’s on days like these that I’m reminded how amazing small, hometown communities can be. There were so many people there, the church and hall packed, volunteers singing at the service, bringing baking and making/serving the lunch, etc. She was obviously a pretty special woman.