Now that I’ve put that Lionel Richie song into your head, I thought I’d drop in and say hello.
It’s been awhile. And in case you’ve started reading recently and you’ve never seen me before, hi there! I’m Kathryn.
I’m sorry I haven’t been around. I haven’t felt up to blogging for the past few months. I think most of you know what happened to me. Maybe some of you were wondering. Maybe not. I don’t really know. Anyway there’s really not a glamorous way of going about this, so I’ll just lay it all out there.
My mother passed away in November, and it sucks.
She went peacefully, and I was at her side the morning she took her last breath. I held her close. And the last words she heard were, “Mommy, I love you.”
She lived a long and happy life, and although her struggle with Alzheimer’s Disease was excruciatingly painful, I know that I have so, so much to be grateful for. I’d never be able to sum up in words how much she meant to me (and how much she continues to mean to me), so I won’t even try. Needless to say, I love her a lot and I miss her every day.
A wise friend told me that there's no real prescription or playbook in dealing with grief; that it'll just take time. And I've been doing the best I can. I still enjoy hockey. I ran my first half marathon, and I finished the race in fairly decent time despite having a chest cold at the time and having to halt training a few weeks prior to the race.
and with Teemu Selanne of the Anaheim Ducks
And I still like pretty things.
Forever 21 necklace, Ivanka Trump blush pink heels and Hello Kitty two-finger ring
I do miss her. A lot. But I’m okay. And I’ll be okay. And I’m grateful for the support of great friends.
And I’ll continue to poke my head in to say hello here and there, if it’s okay.
"Miss Sampaguita" circa 1956
Thanks for reading. And thanks for your understanding.