Many of you know that we’ve experienced a death in the family. Over the 4th of July holiday, Pete’s mom was taken ill, hospitalized and quickly transitioned from curative care into hospice once a clear diagnosis was made. She passed on July 8th. Although she had been battling this latest occurrence of her cancer for well over a year, these events still came as an unexpected shock. We want to thank all of you who have been so supportive and concerned. It means a very great deal to know how much you care.
Navigating the most highly-charged experiences we face in life can lead to a greater degree of clarity. Now that we’ve dealt with the most pressing details and logistics, we are at the beginning of such a transition. All things are in heightened focus as we see them from a different perspective. We’re looking at everything with new eyes. This is a bittersweet blessing, coming as it does from loss.
We had planned to celebrate Passing Thru’s two year anniversary this month by inaugurating an e-newsletter. There are many topics in our posting folder that never make it to the blog, so we think enhancing our journey together in this format makes sense. Our first issue is nearly complete, and we’d love it if you’d join us by subscribing. If you’re reading via RSS, you may have to click into the post to do so.
While losing someone so close is still very raw, we’re looking ahead. Part of our processing is going to be re-prioritizing, as we identify the lessons and seek meaning from the experience. We’ve already made some general decisions and are accelerating certain plans. We’re going to narrow our choices to those that resonate most deeply, and do our best to reduce our “somedays” into “soon” and “now.” Life is most definitely too short to do otherwise.
So, we’ll be taking a temporary break from blogging as we heal and redefine what means the most to us moving forward. Knowing what we know now, we’re very conscious of how precious our journey is, and we’ll definitely be back to share how it takes shape with you.
One of the things Pete’s mother will be remembered for is her incomparable talent for gourmet cooking. Not surprisingly, her most favorite movie was Babette’s Feast. Her eulogy was closed with this quote from the screenplay:
You must also know that I shall be with you every day that is granted to me from now on. Every evening I shall sit down to dine with you. Not with my body, which is of no importance, but with my soul. Because this evening I have learned, my dear, that in this beautiful world of ours, all things are possible.
See you soon.