Tuesday, April 11, 2006

I went back to work today which was good. Everyone I spoke to was very kind.

Friday, April 07, 2006

My mom on my wedding day, something she probably thought she'd never live to see! I'm so happy I came home from Europe when I did and that she saw me happy, settled and MARRIED! Posted by Picasa
My mom died late on Wednesday night, peacefully and blissfully unaware, with her three daughters by her side, listening to Dvorak's New World Symphony. She was unafraid and ready to join my dad and her still born baby from forty years ago, whose loss she still felt deeply. We were lucky to be able to say our goodbyes and sit with her during her final hours. Gina, Lisa and I talked about her and the journey we've shared. We cried and we laughed. It was a huge gift to be with her as she went on to her next life - she brought us in and we helped her out. Life as it should be.

She was remarkable, strong, kind, loving, caring, edgy, funny and good to everyone. She didn't have a judgmental bone in her body nor did my father - we were so lucky to have them as role models - and would give anything to anyone. I'm sure the charities to which she donated copiously each month will miss her. Gina told us yesterday that after buying groceries, she'd often run into another store leaving everything on the back seat with the car unlocked. When Gina asked why she didn't lock the car she replied "If someone needs the groceries, they can take them." Remarkable.

Sunday, April 02, 2006

The past week or so has been brutal. My mom had a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm last Saturday which needed immediate surgery. Afterwards, she rallied really well, but the past few days has had some setbacks, but we're trying to remain cautiously optimistic. Please keep her in your thoughts.