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It's not heaven if there's no ice cream

My mother died very early Sunday morning. She had the best death she could hope for in her circumstances—her family nearby, no pain, no tubes or machines—but still, it's hard for us to know that she's gone. In some ways, we lost her years ago.

In other ways, she'll always be with us. I know one reason I have the self confidence to write is that my early years were spent with a mother who lavished devoted, uncritical love on me. I can still remember proudly showing her a picture I painted in kindergarten. She spent a minute or two praising my use of colors and telling me how much she liked it before she got around to asking me, ever so tactfully, what it was a picture of.

She was 86 and spent that last several years in declining health, but she never lost her happy smile or her joy in life itself. Until shortly before she died, you could still light up her face by offering her ice cream.

We will miss her.

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tomdoyle
Jun. 4th, 2008 08:20 pm (UTC)
So sorry to hear this! My condolences. Tom.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:16 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I'm hoping to see everyone in July.
scottedelman
Jun. 4th, 2008 08:28 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry, Karen. You are right, though, that she is still within you, in the person you've become, and that will be there forever.

You'll both be in my thoughts.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, Scott. Loss is hard, but it's a part of living we all have to face sooner or later. Having friends helps.
david_bridger
Jun. 4th, 2008 09:31 pm (UTC)
You, your mother and all your family are in my loving thoughts.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:18 pm (UTC)
Thanks, David.
nazalie
Jun. 4th, 2008 10:03 pm (UTC)
Moms and ice cream
I'm so sorry to hear this.

Moms are the best.




Irene
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Re: Moms and ice cream
Thanks very much. I think so, too.
miladyinsanity
Jun. 5th, 2008 02:56 pm (UTC)
My condolences, Karen.

May
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:19 pm (UTC)
Thanks, May.
mindyklasky
Jun. 5th, 2008 03:19 pm (UTC)
My condolences to you and your family, Karen. I look forward to hearing more stories about your mother in the future.
karen_w_newton
Jun. 5th, 2008 09:22 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I could go on and on. She was a big influence on all of us.
(Anonymous)
Jun. 6th, 2008 03:03 am (UTC)
Condolences
I'm sorry to hear about your loss. My wishes and prayers are with you and your family. Alea
karen_w_newton
Jun. 7th, 2008 02:27 am (UTC)
Re: Condolences
Thanks, Alea. Good to hear from you. Hope the new place is working out.
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