Monday, May 2, 2011

Monday Meh, Enough Already Edition

May Basket, by Andrew Wyeth

In light of the late night news yesterday, maybe a Surrealist painting would have been more appropriate this morning...

Any celebratory impulse has been tempered by the loss my family experienced - a dear Aunt, my mother's eldest sister, passed away Sunday morning. This is the aunt whose son died of cancer earlier this year. I believe that she put her own needs on hold while dealing with my cousin's illness, and it was just too late when she finally sought attention for the ills that had been troubling her.

Her death is going to leave a huge hole in my mother's life -- the two of them talked on the phone at least once a day, and my mother would spend several months each summer at Lois's place in Pennsylvania. I had been planning to make the time to visit when intellikid and I drive through on our way back from Boston in a couple weeks...damn.

I know that I would be inconsolable if anything happened to my sister, so I'm keeping within hugging distance of my mom.


  1. So sorry to hear these things, intell.

    I try constantly to instill in my children that what they will have later in life is each other. My brother and I have become much closer in our later years than earlier. And I am so very glad of that.

    We have a short trip here on this planet. Keep hugging, despite any political differences.

    You have given me another tear, dear.

  2. Thank you, Tricia and Mr. C.

    You too, jj. Hope the tear wasn't in your beer.

  3. Intell, I'm sorry. I'm not good with words most times; your aunt will be always in your heart and your mom's, and you both will be in my thoughts.

  4. Thanks Doug. You do just fine with the wordy bits. (And condolences to you, too, post-election.)


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