Thursday, December 10, 2009

A Pleasant Diversion Amidst Sorrow

As you may have gathered from my previous post, my dear Mom passed away the day after Thanksgiving. I was with her when she died and I feel good about that. It all happened much faster than anticipated: I had a long discussion with the doctor on Monday afternoon, (he felt confident to make a diagnosis by then), and by Friday morning it was over. She was in discomfort, but apparently she sidestepped the pain and suffering that her type of cancer would have induced. Typically, it was she who comforted me, assuring me she had had a long, happy life--and she was right....of course!

My daughter and I are sorting out her belongings and cleaning her apartment. Days of busy exhaustion have helped to numb what will become a settled-in sort of longing for this person who is no longer physically in our lives.

Two other sentient beings remind us that life is for the living--as it should be.... Have you ever seen anything more adorable than this??!! .....

An 89 pound Punch and an 8 or 9 pound Lola--they are buddies now! The two of them playing together is something of an art form; when the width of one dog's tail is equal to the size of the other dog's neck, it could get dicey! But it hasn't! Smiles all around!

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