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Friday, November 28, 2008

I'm fried.


I'm so whacked out tired from this whole week of Monday thru Friday.  But I muster up some energy to write a few reflections:

Thanks to all of you who took the time to read the story of Karen and Penni.  As a close friend who observed the journey from Los Angeles, (yes, the lame city that probably would not have rallied around Karen in her time of need and no, I did not take her comment personally), I can say that being a distant witness to such an emotionally-draining situation was difficult.  

I'll never forget what Karen's voice sounded like the night she called me after making "the choice."  Her voice shook from the depths of her soul.  I had never heard a friend sound like that before in all my life and I'm not sure I will hear it again.

If you don't know it already from reading her story, Karen is a special being and an extraordinary mother. I have been blessed with her friendship for almost 20 years and it will last a lifetime I am certain.  Thank you Karen for baring your soul to our lil' community here at MWOB.  

My one and only aunt passed away yesterday which is contributing to my feelings of being fried.  She lost her battle to cancer when it recurred after a twenty-year remission.  She was a lover of life and she fought hard to stay on the planet.   I will be heading to Arizona this week for the funeral and to celebrate her well-lived, generous life.

It was actually appropriate that she died on Thanksgiving.  She owned a catering business and spent her entire life serving others and stuffing their bellies with yummy food.  I said that in my pre-feast prayer yesterday and I think it lifted my dad's heart for a moment.  (She was his only sibling.)

I think I'll take the weekend and mellow out and prepare for the journey to say farewell.  I'm really into doing the death thing with eyes wide open and hearts real and raw.  My kids get to witness more endless crying from their mama - just what they love.

Check ya' later chickies...I'll be cruising around blogtown again soon.  Just not sure exactly when.

P.S.  Remember today is the last day to click that comment section and be entered in our giveaway.    The more, the merrier - isn't that the deal?


  1. I am sorry to hear about your aunt. Safe travels and blessings to your family.

  2. My sympathies and prayers for you and your family. Have a safe trip.

    I hope to see you back real soon

  3. My condolences on your aunt's passing! I hope your trip is a good one, filled with loving memories :)

  4. I am so sorry to hear about your aunt. No witty remarks here- just sending you the love.

  5. I'm so sorry Lee to hear about your aunt.

    I think you should keep it raw and real. It's the stoic ones I worry about.

    Sending prayers and thoughts your way. :)

  6. Sorry about your aunt, our hearts are with you.

    and thanks for this great blog and being such a great friend to Karen, by twisting her arm enough to share her story w/ the world

    let the tears flow its good for the soul
    sent with love

  7. Cyber hugs and REAL love to you and your family - especially your dad. I'm glad your kids are being raised with such honest emotion, Lee - they will be the better humans for it. Love you!

  8. Lee, I left you a little something at my blog! Go check it out when you can.

    I hope it will give you a little smile during this sad time.

  9. oh, i am so sorry... your aunt sounds like a wonderful woman! travel safely and we'll be waiting for you upon your return!!

    i loved karen's story. it was riveting. her spirit (and penni's and the rest of the family's) truly touched me.

    thanks for sharing your amazing friend with us!

  10. I am sorry for your loss

  11. I'm sorry to hear about your aunt. Have a safe trip and we'll be waiting here for you when you get back!

  12. I'm so sorry about your aunt. If you have time to meet up while you're in Arizona, or if there's anything I can do, give me a call.

  13. Oh man, I'm so sorry to hear about your aunt. We'll add you to our prayer list this week. There's so much going on here MWOB! I can't keep up. And for my one and only giveaway, I did the very same thing. It was really formal and proper and all that. Kaydn Rye and I got everybody's names in a hat and he picked one out. He kept wanting to pull more names out, but we had run out of giveaways. God bless your family during this rough time....


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