july 6, 2019

“The best day of your life is the one on which you decide your life is your own.” ~ Dan Zandra     I had a wonderful long visit with Aunt Janet today. We played with new clothes and new shoes, and then we had cheeseburgers for supper. She even got up and ran the halls, quite literally in some instances. Everyone knows her. There wasn’t a single hall we

january 19, 2019

“We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” ~ Joseph Campbell     I had the best visit with Aunt Janet yesterday. We talked for a very, very long time. In our conversation where I pointed out that we both have hair that parts on the left, which is slightly unusual for women, I

august 6, 2017

“Stay positive even when it feels like your life is falling apart.” ~ Unknown     While dad was was with family at the hospital yesterday, I paid Aunt Janet a visit. She cried when I told her mom was okay. She doesn’t enjoy being at the nursing home, but it is an excellent facility. They vowed to look after her extra hard after they told her about mom’s accident,

march 20, 2017

“Lose the News & Take a Walk.” ~ Lucinda Zoe     Yesterday, on my way to mom and dad’s, I stopped to see Aunt Janet. Time has gotten away from me this year and I had been quite lax in my visiting schedule. It was a delightful, albeit short, visit. And she looked so good! She’s got a friend across the hall that has a puzzle table, just like the ladies

december 23, 2016

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” ~ Maya Angelou     I asked Janet if her leg was feeling better. “Boy, that broke hip sure hurt. It huuuuuurt,” as she made a wincing face. “Pains me in the morning and I have to take a pain pill, but it’s alright the rest of the time.” That’s Janet-speak for,

december 22, 2016

“To be nobody but yourself—in a world which is doing its best, night and day, to make you everybody else—means to fight the hardest battle which any human being can fight, and never stop fighting.” ~ e.e. cummings     This is Janet’s first Christmas at the rest home in Campton. She’s at the same facility where both of my grandmothers stayed. The staff is exceptional, and the facility overall is

may 2, 2016

“There are a thousand thousand reasons to live this life, everyone of them sufficient” ~ Marilynne Robinson     You first met Darrell Conley in the November 3, 2015 post. As you might recall, Darrell grew up with mom and Aunt Janet. Yesterday’s baptism wasn’t just mom’s, but Darrell and Janet’s as well. Three friends sharing a sacred moment together. It was reminiscent of my own baptism in December 1979 with Mark

february 12, 2016

“We have so little faith in the ebb and flow of life, of love, of relationships. We leap at the flow of the tide and resist in terror its ebb. We are afraid that it will never return. We insist on permanency, on duration, on continuity; when the only continuity possible, in life as in love, is in growth, in fluidity.” ~ Anne Morrow Lindbergh     I was in

september 28, 2015

“The hardest part is letting go of what I think I’m supposed to be.” ~ Erin Chandler     It was completely soggy during the Sorghum Festival parade. It didn’t start out that way. We thought we’d dodged a bullet with the overcast skies. Ten minutes into the parade the drizzle started and didn’t stop.     The rain didn’t stop Ryan and his friend Chastity from grabbing handfuls of

september 27, 2015

“I’ve been absolutely terrified every minute of my life and I’ve never let it keep me from doing a single thing I wanted to do.” ~ Georgia O’Keefe   I couldn’t help noticing the juxtaposition between the present and the past as I watched Aunt Janet wash breakfast dishes. On the wall hangs a photo of my grandmother washing dishes in the old house. The old kitchen was lit by a bare