Saturday, August 30, 2014

Last Week Was Really Something

Over a five-day period, thirteen members of our family came together right here in Vermont to celebrate (in more-or-less chronological order):

--The publication of her first novel by my daughter S
--My husband's and my 47th wedding anniversary
--The legal marriage (as opposed to the unofficial one, which took place a decade ago) of my daughter A and her partner K.  The celebrant was Beth Robinson, who spearheaded the civil unions legislation in Vermont.
--My husband's 70th birthday, which he marked by jumping out of a plane at twelve thousand feet


That's a lot of rejoicing--but no joy on this earth is unalloyed, and beneath all the hoopla ran the anxious continuo of A's very recent breast cancer diagnosis, which is what has kept me from writing here lately.

But days pass, plans are made, and hope revives.

In the midst of the festivities, we also interred my mother's ashes, as per her instructions.  We dug a hole under a young beech tree and poured in the cream-colored grit.  I patted it down with my hands, and was glad to see an earthworm wriggling in the moist dirt.  Together, the worm and my mother's remains will enrich this particular bit of Vermont soil.

The birds are mostly silent now;  the sumac is turning red;  and it's time I got back to writing.

9 comments :

  1. Eight days ago I heard about A's diagnosis; have been meaning to let you know that I had. Been keeping you all close to my heart.

    And so glad there is so much good stuff. I have a copy of S's book. It's next up.

    xxoo

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  2. es acollidor reunir la familia durant uns dies i l'Ed és molt valent!. Tenieu moltes coses per celebrar; gairebé totes bones. Ara que he tornat de vacances comprarè per Amazon el llibre de la Sonya i l'A. si us plau que sigui molt forta i estigui convençuda que és ella qui mana i qui guanyarà a l'intrus que s'ha colat a la seva vida. Petons a tots.

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  3. I tant com li dire! Gracies, Silvia. Una abracada, i records a tota la familia.

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  4. Keep flashing that famous smile of yours, we feel your pain.

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  5. I’m glad you’re back.

    Even happy events such as you’ve had, and those on top of your big move, coupled with your daughter’s diagnosis, add up to a ton of stress. I hope that you’ll now have lots of opportunity to do the things you find restful; the things which bring you peace.

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  6. Congratulations on so many wonderful events. Your daughter's book looks like fun.

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