2/18/2015

Sad and Grateful

Drove back from Oregon yesterday and heading to work at the college soon. 

As I have shared, my mom is really sick and I needed to get home to see her.  Her doctors and hospice team had recommended that people come soon to assure that she would be coherent enough to communicate and connect with us.  My two aunts (her sisters) were there, too, so there was a lot of group family time spent talking, eating, watching tv.  My mom has a set-up on the living room couch where she stays and dozes off/rests as needed.  I didn't have the courage - or the space with family always around - to broach a meaningful conversation with her until yesterday before I left.  I knew I needed to take the opportunity. 

So, I bought a card and wrote a couple things I really wanted to tell her... basically, that I was sorry I wasn't more open as a pre-teen/teen when she tried to communicate with me (there are times I remember her trying and becoming upset when I refused to talk), and that I really appreciated her support at emotional times or times of crisis when she stayed calm and helped me figure things out or just plain helped get something done.  This includes when I was upset at my Dad and she stayed calm and helped mediate or talked to him behind the scenes to help him manage his anger.  Also, practical support like when I was a teenager and cut the hem of my skirt all wrong the night before a big trip, and she calmed me down and fixed it for me.  I also brought her a couple of magazines and ice cream. 

After she read the card, she thanked me and we hugged and held hands and cried a little bit.  I told her it wasn't fair and I was so sorry this was happening.  She said quietly, "these things happen," or something, which fits her practical Nebraskan character.  I was able to make her a simple breakfast before I left and we shared a long hug good-bye.

I am very sad, and also grateful to have shared that connection with her before I left.

8 comments:

  1. I'm so sorry, it is hard to watch a loved one so ill. Surely the card and moments together meant a lot to her.

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  2. When my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer, it freaked me out. We don't have the closest relationship because my mom is kind of mean, but it was still really hard. I cannot imagine what it's like for you right now, Kristina. I am so sorry that you are dealing with this. It must feel great that you were able to connect with your mom before you left. I hope you get to see her again before she passes. You're in my thoughts. xo

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    1. Thank you so much, Sarah, I appreciate you thinking of me.

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  3. I am so sorry! Sending prayers and hugs!

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  4. I am so sorry. This must be so hard on you, but you got to communicate your feelings which I am sure she appreciated. I hope you can see her again. Sending you and your Mom lots of care.

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    1. Thank you, I really appreciate that.

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