Category Archives: Family

Parallel Lives

As my daughter crosses the stage to receive her college diploma… She sits at home recalling seven years have passed since she buried her babe. I successfully gain a new contract. I am excited at the prospect of my company … Continue reading

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The Cemetary – A place of peace.

  The weekend my sister’s daughter died, We were not thinking about The angry caretaker. We were not thinking about The provincial government’s promise.   Her babe deteriorated As her degenerative disease dictated. Exhaustion Became the most difficult hurdle. She … Continue reading

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The gravestone.

We had to rebury our Mom. No one should have to do this.   We did.   Spring warmed the frozen ground. Five months had passed Since Mom passed away. With the frost gone, The headstone could be placed At … Continue reading

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Honesty, in life and death.

  “Mom?” “Hi, honey.” “Mom, I have to tell you something.” “Ok.” She held my hand and smiled at me. “Mom, is it hard for you to concentrate?” “I don’t know.” She frowned. “It’s because your brain isn’t getting enough … Continue reading

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Prepare all you want – you are never ready.

Mom was tired out. She couldn’t eat. Everything tasted like metal. Water was the only thing She could tolerate. She slept a lot. She watched tv. She didn’t complain. On a bad day  She would say she had the ‘yucks’. … Continue reading

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Mom did not want to die.

She found the energy Somehow To get to the clinic For another appointment. Only to find out Her blood work was too low. No chemotherapy. The disappointment I saw in her face Broke my heart.   It happened twice in … Continue reading

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When Mom was diagnosed with cancer.

We both had jobs. We both had families. Now… Mom had cancer. Mom was pivotal, In the care, Of her daughter. Mom was the leader, Of the family at large. Our children’s care giver. The nucleus of our universe. Without … Continue reading

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The fear of the unknown.

Suddenly, I was very nervous.  I wanted to laugh at myself but my gut instinct told me to listen. I had never needed any medical tests before.  I was extremely healthy.  This ultrasound was my first ever.  As was this … Continue reading

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Celebrating Dad’s 80th birthday without him.

Tomorrow he will be eighty years old. When a parent grows old, You realise you have too. Relationships, Change with time. That’s life. Sometimes, Time evolves, And relationships, Roll with the changes. Sometimes They don’t. In order to spend time, … Continue reading

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Was this the cherry that would break her for good?

    She wanted to have a party,  For her fiftieth birthday. The morning of her party, She accidentally  Stepped off the deck. She broke both her knees.    What? I saw her step down.  It was non-climatic.  But, it … Continue reading

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