Sunday, November 30, 2014

A Brief Hiatus


I will be away from the blog for a while.


My mother passed away yesterday. It was not unexpected, but still quite a shock.  She was a beautiful person, caring selflessly for my father 24 hours a day during the last years of his life when he suffered from dementia.

 A picture of my mother and father, visiting us in Santa Barbara. I am guessing that Daddy was in his early 60s, Mother in her late 50s.



28 comments:

Anonymous said...

How very sad that your mother passed away. It's so hard to lose a parent no matter how much it was expected.

Sending sympathy and best wishes to you.

Judith said...

I'm so very sorry to hear the news about your mother. Please take very good care of yourself during this difficult time.
Wishing you some comfort from wherever it comes,
Judith


Cath said...

Sorry to hear your very sad news. Take care of yourself.

looloolooweez said...

What a lovely photo of your mother. I'm sorry that you're grieving for her now.

J. Kingston Pierce said...

I'm so sorry to hear about your loss. Take care of yourself.

Prashant C. Trikannad said...

Tracy, I'm very sorry to hear this. My condolences to you and your family. Keep well.

col2910 said...

Tracy, sorry to hear this sad news. Take care, we'll be thinking of you.

Sergio (Tipping My Fedora) said...

All the very best Tracy and my sincerest condolences.

Peggy Arthurs said...

I'm so sorry, Tracy. No matter how 'expected' it is it's always a shock. I think somewhere deep inside us we think our parents will never be gone from us. It's a difficult thing. Hugs and prayers.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Yesterday's comment disappeared so here I am again. This was a horrible loss for me and I think of my mother every day five years later. You will carry her as a part of you though and that is some consolation.

Anonymous said...

Oh, Tracy, I am truly sad to read your news. All my thoughts and wishes for peace and healing to you and your family at this time.

w said...

So sorry for your loss, Tracy.

neer said...

Sorry to hear this Tracy. May her soul rest in peace. Take care.

J F Norris said...

My condolences, Tracy. Such a silent thoughtful time that follows when the last parent leaves us. They look like lovely and happy people. Cherish the memories and tell their stories often and they'll live on.

Carl V. Anderson said...

I am so sorry for your loss. Expected or unexpected, losing a parent is a difficult thing to go through. We all know we are going to have to go through that, but there really is no way to prepare. I wish you and your family peace during this time of healing.

RebeccaK said...

I'm so sorry for your loss, Tracy.

Mac n' Janet said...

Sorry to hear of your loss.

Anonymous said...

Veel sterkte met dit verlies....my deepest sympathy to you and your family.

Miranda said...

I'm so sorry to hear this. It was the recent death of my own mother that prompted me to start rereading Delano Ames in her memory, which is how I found this blog. Her death was also far from unexpected, so I know that doesn't always make a difference to grief.

Clothes In Books said...

Sorry for your trouble Tracy, and sending all best wishes and condolences.

Bill Selnes said...

Tracy: I was away on the weekend. Sorry I have not commented sooner.

When I hear of the loss of a parent I think of my parents gone - my mother in 1981 and my father in 1988. Memories remain strong of their deaths.

My memories of them alive are stronger. From the loving words you wrote I am sure you have a lifetime of good memories of your mother.

I wish you and your family well as you grieve your loss.

I have found the words of Sullivan Ballou, a Union soldier, written to his wife, Sarah, just before the first battle of Bull Run in the Civil War, a battle in which he died, to be of some comfort to me when mourning the loss of a family member. I first heard the letter when it was read on the PBS series, The Civil War. The letter ends:

"But, O Sarah! If the dead can come back to this earth and flit unseen around those they loved, I shall always be near you; in the gladdest days and in the darkest nights . . . always, always, and if there be a soft breeze upon your cheek, it shall be my breath, as the cool air fans your throbbing temple, it shall be my spirit passing by. Sarah do not mourn me dead; think I am gone and wait for thee, for we shall meet again . . ."

Katrina said...

I'm so sorry. It sounds like you will have some great memories of her though, lovely photos.

Anonymous said...

Please accept by deepest condoclences, Tracy

Puzzle Doctor said...

So sorry to hear about your loss. My thoughts are with you.

TracyK said...

Thanks to all of you for you comments and kind thoughts on my mother's passing. I appreciate all the notes; they meant a lot to me.

Unknown said...

Bill, I don't know you, but what you wrote is so beautiful. I'll be printing the quote from Sullivan Ballou out and putting it up where I can read it everyday. Thank you.

Unknown said...

My sincere condolences.

Anna said...

So sorry for your loss.