September 11, 2010

Movin' On Down The Road

Marion and her neighbor, M, at lunch two weeks ago. 2010.

Yesterday and Today

Himself: Work is beginning to move along. He had time to swim, work, and get home at a decent hour tho it took a while to process things on the computer.

Herself: …and the quilt blog too: Swam, worked at the shop, heard Marion was home and receiving and Georganna was poorly. I visited Marion, stirred up dinner, and now am sniveling here at my blog.

My Babylonian Captivity: Do stop in and read Tugster's experience as a human shield. He writes that, “ i was captured in kuwait (where i was teaching in the kuwaiti air force)….”

Gratitude: This morning I am filled with Gratitude that Marion B was in my life!

I celebrated my birthday yesterday….along with Marion B’s.

After a ferocious but brief stay in the hospital, Marion is now home simplifying her life with hospice to provide the palliative care. I stopped by, and we congratulated each other on our birthdays. I’m sure I said all the wrong things, I made the stay as short as I could, and took the sniveling home.

She gave me two small jobs to do. Close her blog on Open Diary…I posted the final entry Friday afternoon but will leave it open for a while, and get her poems to Kenette to edit. I’ll get them there even if I have to take a decent computer with them….hers is beyond tired.

Life is too damn brief sometimes. Lee remains in the hospital with end stage bladder cancer, Jean9 just faded away, but the unique voice that is Marion is not fleeting even as she fades.

I’m not angry…just very sad that after all these battles her special voice will be silent. Yet this morning I’m better than yesterday. I know that I will be simplified out of her life soon and that’s ok. I love her, and she knows this. I bet a great many people are grateful for her in their lives today.

Two unique voices: Loretta and Marion, 2009.


  1. Attending two funeral services today -- or at least trying to as they're both at the same time and not in the same place. Not sure of the etiquette on making this decision.

    Life is too damn short is right and love is a double-edged sword; without the love we'd never feel the loss. Your friend sounds remarkable.

  2. It is hard to lose those we've loved and admired. Especially those we feel are such a gift to the world we live in today. Bless you.

  3. I'm so sorry for the pain you are suffering, Maggie. It's so hard to lose loved ones. I'll be thinking about you and your friends.

  4. You are such a gift to the world. Happy belated birthday, sweetie!

  5. Me, too, on yesterday. It is hard to continue with the world emptier every time someone leaves us. Hang in there. I'm right there with you.

  6. I can't express my thoughts on this. However, I pray that you and your friends make your times together meaningful. It does sound like you are.

  7. Happy Birthday dear Maggie!
    I'm sorry you are having such a sad time and I salute your bravery and will try to follow your example.

  8. I am so sorry about the of your friends, what a rough time for you with these empty places they leave.

  9. You're under a great deal of stress, aren't you? You must try to take care of yourself.


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