I am just returning (writing this in the air while flying back) from Milwaukee (Brookfield), where I was with my siblings by our mom’s side as she recovers from surgery.  At 89 she has lived alone for close to 30 years, since my father died.  We have been told by the doctors and rehabilitation center that she can no longer live alone.  News I find heartbreaking. We are in the midst of figuring all the logistics, as we all live in different parts of the country.  This post really is about those we love, even if we don’t live near one another or see each other often–to hold them ever so close.  For the unit we grew up with, we must call upon during the good and the tough times.  Family.  
The above quote seeming quite perfect for this day. Be well, all of you, and enjoy every moment of this ride… 

Much, much love, Ted

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  1. Jerri cooper

    Wonderful sentiments.

  2. Janet Schairer

    I have been there, with both of my parents. They lived to very old ages, 900 miles from me. It is a really really tough journey to advocate for them and also be present when you are doing it long distance much of the time. I’m an RN, so everything was even more complex, explaining things to my siblings. I’m sure you have the POA stuff going, but still…. It is so very hard dealing with all of it, emotionally, physically and mentally. I don’t know you really but feel a connection, living in both Seattle and Vashon Island. Totally enjoy your Instagram feed as well as your blog. My very best to you in this hard time. Hugs! Janet

    P.S. I am aging well and totally enjoying the ride!

  3. Dear Ted: Keeping all of you in my thoughts and prayers. I have been through what you are dealing with twice (my husband and I are both only children). Difficult days for all of you and especially your Mom.

  4. SUCH a sweet message! Huge thanks for that!!! Ted

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