Received this email from my brother on Jan. 20th. about our friend, Catherine...
I wanted to let you know that Catherine is in intensive care at Morristown Medical Ctr. She has been diagnosed with Leukemia. Rolf doesn't have a lot of information at the moment. He sounded exhausted. He did say he is very impressed with the medical care and they hope to determine the type of leukemia in the next day or two. Right now they're trying to stabilize her.
I'll keep you posted.
Then two days ago...
Catherine died last night at 10:25. I don't have anymore information at the moment e.g. Funeral. I will keep you posted.
It was very sudden. She was supposed to stabilize. Then we'd visit and she'd get better. We go along, mumbling about the toothpaste stuck in the sink, or the dog needing to be walked, or the checking account not up to par and then a sudden thing happens
and I am stopped in my tracks
I could be
drinking tea with a friend
napping with my husband
calling to tell someone I love them
We all know this. I know this. And still I lean towards the worrisome places and dissatisfaction about my life as it is.
Live with joyous ease and delightful uncertainty
This is my daily practice. I fail often but keep trying.
What about... "or that it’s been decided that if you lie down no one will die."
What about that?
a magician with a sewing needle
a wife, mother, friend.
A very kind and gentle woman.
She is a beautiful light in the world.
photo: courtesy of my brother, Rob, in California...