Memories: Nothing Left Unsaid

Just sorted through the rest of the canned foods. Found some of Joel’s stuff (the person who lived here before us) and some of our old stuff that we won’t ever eat. If it is way expired, I threw it out. If I knew we wouldn’t eat it, then I put it in a bag to take to the food bank. And saw some stuff that I would have cooked up just for Mom even if no one else would have eaten it. :sniffle: She was so much fun to do things for because she was always so responsive. She would grin with a smile at being given a treat or a present that went all through her. Eyes, all …

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Memories: Loving the Earth

I mentioned before that Mother Hen loved the Earth and its natural beauty. I just heard a story about her that I wanted to share: When Mother Hen was little she found a start from a maple tree. She brought it home and planted it in the front yard of the family’s ramshackle little house. Apparently that sucker grew like crazy. The last time a family member drove by, the tree is not only there, but fully grown and majestic. What a wonderful legacy for a wonderful person. Bringing another aspect of beauty to the planet she loved. Some day I need to see about planting a tree in her memory. She would like that.

Memories: Surprising the Painting

Mother Hen was a very talented painter. She loved landscapes, seascapes, and even painted spacescapes with me. She loved the Earth and the natural beauty in it. Several people later told us that they bought her prints to put in doctor offices because of how peaceful, colorful, and just plain beautiful they were. Her heart and peaceable ways very much came through in the finished product. Prints and originals of her work now reside in many countries around the world, and of course around the US. One day I fully intend to do something to once again share them again. Today’s memory is about her painting sessions. She loved to work the little details, but sometimes that detailed focus is …

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Dealing With the Memories

We lost Mom, A.K.A. Mother Hen, on January 10th. This Reddit response by GSnow has it right in so many ways. It feels like drowning right now. I’ve had losses before, but this is a big one. Huge one. I know, and knew, intellectually about the grieving process and that time will dull the hard edge of pain (with relapses). The hard part is getting there. I’m having issues with memories of the time in Hospice. The people there took such fantastic care of her and were so supportive of my Father and I. But it was still hard. Especially the last two days when her breathing became so uneven and her lungs filled up. The coughing she could barely …

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Sad Mother Hen News

Grab your tissue box… As you know, Mom has been sick with a glioblastoma multiforme (GBM) brain tumor since early 2013. She’s had to spend many weeks each year in the hospital because of complications, most recently two long hospitalizations this last summer for a medication problem coupled with a chemotherapy reaction, and then the sudden appearance of mini-seizures. However, she did managed to bounce back enough for us to bring her back home in October after a stay in a rehabilitation facility. She’s been a happy little clam to be home, with a sweet disposition and a big grin whenever we gave her treats. While unable to get up and walk without the assistance of both Dad and I …

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