Thursday, September 29, 2011

Good News, Bad News

My Mother was put on hospice two weeks ago. I flew to Arkansas to be with her, as did my brother, Walt, and niece, Susan. My cousin, Karyn, drove in from Kansas. We had been warned that she would go at anytime.  But what we feared would be a sad gathering turned out to be a priceless gift of time for all of us, including my stepfather, Bob. Mom rallied and we all sat around her bed talking, telling stories, laughing and being together.

My Mother with her granddaughter, Susan Stromquist


 Walt and Karyn (and stranger) waiting for take-out at the popular King Kone
located up the street from my parents' home in Hot Springs.

 Anybody know what a "Pickle Fizz" is???? (We forgot to ask.)

I'm home again and in touch by phone. Mom is comfortable and happy and Bob is with her. We know it won't be long. Please send your best thoughts our way.


  1. What a wonderful tribute. Thank you for sharing. Still thinking of you. . . .

  2. I just found your blog and I'm sad to read about your mom. I'm so glad you and the rest of the family had such a special time with her this past week. I'll let my mom (Bettye Hughes) know and we'll both keep all of you in our thoughts.

  3. I found your blog entry after hearing about your mom, whom I have admired since we were children.

    And then I decided to look up "Pickle Fizz". Supposedly it's more or less carbonated pickle juice. I'd try it once because I'm like that.

    Thinking about all of you.