I quickly put together snack plates for us and then we hit the beach for a dip. We eat a lot of cheese, bread and fruit for lunch!
We toweled off, covered up and headed for the dock to board the boats waiting for us to escort Nick to his final resting place. There were two boats: one was like a little taxi boat and had seats, the other was a fishing boat. We decided to get on the fishing boat so that the family and more of the older people could have the seats. I was so glad we did because it gave us a front row seat to the events at Creole Rock.
After the boats arrived at the Rock and got situated closely together, Father Dempsey said the last blessing and then Michael took the ashes and jumped into the water with them!
Family members began to throw flowers into the sea and Michael slowly let go of the urn. As it disappeared to the bottom of the ocean people were yelling “Nick! Nicolai!” Then suddenly they all started jumping in and it became a joyous party in the sea!
Once everyone was back on board, we headed back to Grand Case where one of the biggest and best parties I’ve ever been to took place. Besides the opportunity to walk off the back deck and jump in the ocean, the family had hired a jet ski to pull a banana boat around the bay. So much fun! There was a huge amount of food – cooked by the local villagers and set up while we were at the Rock. There was a band, which is quite popular there “The Jolly Boys.” You can’t sit still when they are playing. I’m not kidding when I say we partied non-stop for the next 7 hours!
When we were leaving I thanked Michael for including us and told him I wished he could be my end of life planner. It’s just the sort of celebration I would love to have. He told me that he hoped no one thought it was disrespectful to party the way we did because it was exactly what Nick had requested: "Take me home to Grand Case, put me in the sea, have a party."
I know it was a bodacious party because the next day at the Beach Club we were talking with another couple and they said they had passed by the house and asked if it was an open party and if they could come in because it seemed like the hot spot in town that afternoon.
Now, every time we see Creole Rock, or even see a photo of it, we will have great happy memories of a perfect day in celebration of a beloved friend.