Two years after my Dad died and after a year of falls and infections and 6 weeks confined to a hospital bed, my Mom died. This past week family and friends gathered to laugh and to cry together. And to remember and to celebrate my Mom’s life. High School Valedictorian. Owner of a red convertible. Strong enough and in love enough to get on an airplane for the first time in her life in 1952 to fly to Alaska to marry my Dad. Elementary school teacher. Square dancer. And, so much more.
With her death, in our family, a generation passes away.
Now it is us.
We are the oldest.
The next up.
With my Dad’s death two years ago and with my Mom’s declining health this past year I have become ever more aware of my own mortality. As a friend said to me. We are in the final chapter of my life. I live with the questions.
How will I use the time I have left?
What can I learn from my parents about how will I manage my own declining health? How will I live towards my own death?
I have no answers.
Only the questions.