Quote for the Week

Eleanor Roosevelt said: "You have to accept whatever comes and the only important thing is that you meet it with courage and with the best that you have to give."

Slowly, my family is coming to terms with the loss of our mother. Life goes on, and that means that each day comes and goes whether you're ready for it or not.

I've spent the past week cleaning out my mother's house. This is just phase one, judging by the accumulation of her lifetime. Doing all this, I've mentally written blog posts concerning what people should do to prepare for the inevitable, which death is. Too often, the families left to sort through a loved one's possessions are ill equipped to deal with much of what they find.

I'd have posted about this as I was dealing with it, but my mom lived in the country and didn't have high speed internet service. Dial up was such a joke that she canceled it this past year. At first, I felt antsy without being able to get email and surf the web. After a week, I found I didn't miss it much. That surprised me.

You can look forward to some posts about, let's call it, pre-death preparations. I'm certainly learning a lot. I'm at the keyboard for the first time in weeks. I'll be traveling to and from my mom's house on the family farm until the task is completed. I'm fortunate in that my older brother and my sister-in-law live on the farm and are there to help. We sort and laugh together and sometimes cry. We'll all get through this eventually.

Takeaway Truth

It's good to be home.


  1. I tried to write something profound. I tried five times, and it kept getting worse.

    Just let it be noted, that your pain is shared.

    You've been missed. Take care of yourself until your heart and your head heal.

    That shouldn't take more than 10 or 20 years....