CharlieMC (charliemc) wrote,
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I Feel Humbled.

I just got back from my neighbor's house. June's hubby had asked me to 'babysit' with Dorothy while he ran an errand...

Dorothy is June's delightful mother! She's 89 (no, I'm not kidding) and has always been so amazingly strong and vibrant.

But she's got terminal cancer and is lying in the guest room bed dying now.

It made me feel good to do something beside take them over treats, phone, visit and offer hugs. I'd gladly help more if they'd let me.

A death watch like that is hard.

June actually drove to Pendleton today. It's the first time she's been out since Dorothy came there to stay for what will clearly be her last visit ever...

I loved Dorothy from the first. My beloved aunt's name was Dorothy, too. And growing up Marilyn and I had a childhood friend (from before kindergarten through high school) who was also named Dorothy. I've never met a Dorothy I didn't like, I guess. (smile)

I've got a picture of Dorothy here in my office, stuck with magnets to the file cabinet beside me. It's not that good of her, but she's smiling in it. I feel a little sad right now. I could cry, I think, but I'm trying not to.

I did tell June the other day that she could cry on me any time she wants. It doesn't matter what your age is -- losing your mom is hard. It hurts.

Tags: 2004, death, dorothy, friends, june, november-2004
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