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 Ode to Mother Part 1 Jan 28, 2010
THAT AFTERNOON

‘Twas a beautiful day in July, with very low humidity, making it feel quite divine.  After all, less humid days are rather rare for a mid-summer's day in the Midwest.  I was sitting on a white bench positioned among blooming flowers on the hospital's manicured lawn, when I looked up to heaven, and asked God a question.  I asked, “Why is the sky so exceptionally blue today”?  My eyes then followed a few fluffy clouds rolling slowly by, as if someone on the ground was pulling them along by a string, as I thought to myself, “mom couldn't have picked a more beautiful day to leave this earth”.  

 
Her decision came today.  I was in the kitchen looking out the window over the front lawn, when I answered the phone.  It was my mother's nurse calling to tell me that my mom had made a decision to be taken off the ventilator.  What?  Are you sure?   I knew I had to get to the hospital as fast as I could to find out for myself, though deep down I knew that I was about to experience something I had not encountered before.  For it would be on this day, my mother would die.  


to be continued.......



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