Three years ago our Thanksgiving changed forever...our lives changed forever....My Mom who had been living with us for the six months before that....Passed away.
My now ....former...Sister and Brother were here from California...we sat at the table and held hands and gave my Mom, then 92 years old, permission to leave...she wanted to ...and now she had gotten to say good bye to all her children...and to David who was every bit as much a child to her as any of us. We had decided we would go into her room and let her know that we loved her....and that she had our permission to leave us now. Those are words easier to say than they are to live....and as I came into her room first...she had just left moments before.
For reasons I will not detail and are too painful to ezpess....the family as I knew it for a lifetime was irretrievably broken.
I write this not for sympathy..or to dampen your own family celebration. I write it to tell each of you who has a family that surrounds you this day...to know and appreciate that ...savor the moments, take pictures, make memories and from David and Sally Hanson...our precious family of two....we extend our best wishes for you and yours this holiday weekend.