Motherhood doesn’t change, no matter how old you are

No matter how old I get and how old my sons get, I always want the best for them. That’s something that doesn’t change. One of my favorite memories is a family photo shoot we had on the front steps of our home when my sons were young (and I was a bit younger myself).…

My transition to hospice

Recently, I made the decision with my family to start hospice care. The extra support is helping me with things I’m not able to do anymore. It’s private and one-to-one, and I’m still in the comfort of my own room. Don’t you worry – my spirit and sense of humor haven’t gone anywhere. Sometimes the…

When life gives you cookies and chicken noodle soup

It was January 1980, and my close friend Ruby and I were beginning our first new year as widows. We had gotten together to face the year head-on and cook ourselves a nice turkey dinner. I was taking care of my grandson Jason, who was two and a half years old. Well, I put that…

Some of my favorite things

Can you guess my favorite movie? “When the dog bites, when the bee stings, when I’m feeling sad… I just simply remember my favorite things, and then I don’t feel so bad.” It’s the time of year to cuddle up by the fireplace and appreciate the good stuff in life. But instead of counting your…

96 birthdays

Today is my 96th birthday! You could look at it as 96 years or 4,992 weeks or 35,040 days, or even 840,960 hours here on this earth. no matter how you look at it, let me tell you it’s been quite a wild ride. For the most part, I’ve never overextended this birthday business or…

Surviving breast cancer—twice

The first time the doctor told me I had breast cancer, I remember not wanting to tell my husband. We had married as widowers, and his first wife and other family members had died of cancer. One of my aunts had also died of breast cancer. But since they caught the cancer early, during a…