Saturday, January 9, 2010
This is a photo of my ex-mother-in-law, Betty. I took it last summer in Portland, where she is living with the rest of my family. She turned 95 a few weeks ago. Now she is on her death bed. This is one of the hardest things about living in Mexico, family issues. When people write to me about coming here to live, their first concern is being so far away from the people they love. I feel lucky that I was able to see Betty a few months ago. I am sorry that I am not there now to help everyone out. Betty has been very well loved. She has had a good, long life. But there is always grief at the loss of a loved one, even someone 95 years old. I know death is natural and will come to all of us. That knowledge doesn't stop it from hurting those who are left behind. Nothing stays the same. Life is constantly in flux. People come into our lives and then they are gone. All we can do is be as loving as we can with those around us, sharing our limited days.