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Vacations, Family, Funerals and Assumptions

| 10/18/2012 6:14:33 PM

This isn't exactly what I anticipated writing on my blog. We've been on vacation since September 23 and expected to be back home by now (October 18). Taking our camper (a converted U-Haul truck), we drove from our home in the northwest corner of Montana to Boulder, Colorado where we met the folks at Paladin Press and picked up some more of my books. From there we went to Kansas to spend a week with my family. After a great visit we headed south to Texas to meet up with some friends there. 

While in Texas I received an email from my son to call my mother in Kansas. My youngest sister had died. My sister had heart surgery to replace a valve they'd put in many years ago but the second surgery had gone well and many months had passed without problems. News of her death was a complete surprise and the last thing I expected when I called my mother. We drove the five-hundred miles back to my mother's that day, arriving just before midnight. The funeral was held four days later and we all bid a final farewell to our youngest sibling.   

Two hours later, back at my mother's home, my stepfather passed out. An ambulance was called and he was rushed to the hospital. He'd had a stroke. He's been in the hospital since that time as they ran tests then began treatment and physical therapy. He's recovering well but it's going to be awhile before he gets back to normal.   

In one short week my mother has had to deal with her daughter's death and her husband's near death from a stroke.  

Now everyone has gone home except my wife and I and our two-year-old grandson, Scott. I have one other sister that lives nearby and is in contact quite often.

It is times like these that give us pause to consider the lives we lead and the assumptions we make. We are thankful that we had our earlier visit so that we got to see my sister just prior to her passing. We had no idea that this would be our last opportunity to spend time with her. We assumed that we'd see her again. We were wrong.  

10/20/2012 11:11:20 PM

So sorry for your loss. It just hurts so badly to lose those we love. Your thoughts are so true - love every day -

10/20/2012 3:41:24 AM

Steven, my condolences to you and your family for the passing of your sister. My thoughts and prayers go out to your stepfather. Things can happen in an instant that change the rest of our lives. It's always a stressful time when death happens in a family. It's good that you are surrounded by family that cares. I hope that your stepfather gets back to normal quickly. Your ending philosophy of life is right on the mark. We all should live life as if it could be our last day on earth because it just might be. Thank you for sharing your life experiences with us.

Cindy Murphy
10/19/2012 11:20:02 PM

Hi, Steven. No profound statement? Maybe so, but who's to say; I'm not a deep thinking person either. That's some pretty darned good, solid wisdom there, though. I lost my youngest brother in late May, quite unexpectedly, although he was diagnosed with cancer about two months earlier. There is never enough time, and his went by way too quickly. As you pointed out, life is uncertain. I was thankful for every moment we shared. I'm sorry for the loss of your sister, and hope your stepfather recovers soon. Cindy Murphy ~ A Lakeside View

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