I last wrote in the Fall. Now it is Spring. I am not yet a good New Englander as I don’t enjoy Winter weather. It’s my opinion Winter is definitely over: the weather feels warmer; bulbs are emerging from the soil; I’m tempted to put out pots and fill them with flowers. The lesson Winter teaches me is to embrace Spring.
It also seems that each time I write there has been a transition in my life and this time is no different. My husband Don’s long eight-year journey with Alzheimer’s Disease ended on March 8, 2013. He died very peacefully and quickly. Those of us on the journey with Don were gratified that he always had a smile for us and never stopped teasing us. He recognized us each time we visited. Our memories of Don are happy ones. It’s been a long goodbye.
There will be a Celebration of his Life in Saratoga, CA, on April 20. This summer there will be a memorial service and interment in the Columbarium at Glastonbury Abbey, Hingham, MA, followed by an East Coast celebration.
Transitions are important for personal growth and I look forward to whatever changes and opportunities will flow into my life and will be forever thankful to Donnie for twenty wonderful years.