Mom passed away this past December after cancer reentered her life.
She knew she would never go through chemo again. This photo was taken the weekend in September that I told her the Big C back. I said, “Mom here is the plan: you eat what you’ll want [she was diabetic but loved sweets], you’ll have no pain and you’ll get lots of visits from those who love you.” She never blinked. She never mentioned it again. She knew by sad experience that worry got you nowhere.
The last 10 weeks of her life were rich. It ended so peacefully, nicely, surrounded by friends who had grown to love her. We did not always agree. She did not always bear up well. She made mistakes. But I honestly believe she love me and did her best. At the end, I was truly proud of her, as proud of her as I was when I was four and she was the only girl in my world and I thought she sang like Barbara Streisand.