This is an off-topic post that I need to write to once again briefly explain my disappearance over the last month.
Back in November 2008, I wrote about the loss of my Dad on November 10th. Two years and forty days later on December 20th, my Mom joined my Dad and hopefully spent Christmas with her soul mate (shown in the picture at their 60th wedding anniversary in 2007 with my sister and me).
Her story is a bit different than Dad’s. She was not ill but had fallen and broke her hip on October 15th. She had an easy surgery and was home in three days. She had already had a knee and a hip replaced within the last four years, so we didn’t worry about her through this pretty routine surgery.
Unfortunately, a blood clot formed and passed through her heart into her lungs. She gave it a great fight for a couple days, but at 86, her weaken heart stopped and she went peacefully onto eternal life with Dad.
Losing one’s loved one any time is difficult, but losing my Mom at Christmas took the sparkle off the holiday decorations. Our Christmas and New Years were quiet. My sister and I have started the process of closing the house we grew up in that Dad built himself in 1950. I’ve spent many hours going through family photo albums, scanning the images and creating “her life in pictures” album for my relatives. I’m taking some time to try and figure out what happened and why, but doubt I’ll ever get the answers I’m looking for. We were blessed to have both parents as long as we had, but losing them is never easy no matter how long a life they had.
Once again, life threw an obstacle in my way when I least expected it. I need to adjust to the “new normal” and come out the other end with a different perspective on life. The holidays will be very hard now having lost both my parents during this time of year. I will need to deal with closing down my parents life while keeping the memories alive.
So although I have taken a break, I will be back once again with fresh, relevant content for my fans and followers. As I posted on my Facebook Brand Page, I am truly am honored that you have become a fan, a connection and a social media friend. So bear with me a little longer. I promise I’ll be back.