And I said to the one who stood at the gate of the year, “Give me a light that I may tread safely into the Unknown.” And he replied, “Go out into the darkness and put your hand into the hand of God. That shall be to you better than light and safer than a known way.”
(my mother-in-law at her first time at the beach EVER -October 2009)
So, this dear friends is where I have been – learning to say goodbye.
My mother-in-law fought valiantly but her body failed her. The doctors, nurses, machines and medicines tried to change the course of fate but it was not to be. On January 6, 2010 with her family bedside, the machines stopped and so did the world, for one brief moment.
Collectively, we have said our goodbyes and shed our tears.
Privately, we are learning that grief lingers in corners and closets. This is not how a new year should begin.
Be kind to me, I pray.
Your beginning has not been welcomed.
I beg of you that the days to come be kinder and gentler.