Wednesday, May 2, 2012

My Deepest Condolences

I had this idea in my mind of leaving for our adventure of medical school and residency. I imagined we were sailing off on a ship heading to the horizon to seek our fortune.  I thought there would be time after, once we return, for the kids to get to know their grandparents.  There will be time after when the children will grow close with all their little cousins.  When all this training non-sense is complete, then we will have that special time with family that will be the kids' memories of family into adulthood.

My mom called me yesterday.  She had that deep empty sound in her voice; I asked her if she was okay.  No she wasn't okay.  She had just left Molly's funeral.  Molly is Colleen's mother who passed away this last Friday.

We've had to face mortality with Chad's father's cancer during these residency years.  Fortunately, for now, it's in remission, but it reminds me of how short and precious this life is.  That there is not always tomorrow, and I shouldn't wish today away.

Colleen, I am so sorry for the loss of your sweet Mama. 


  1. Thank you, that was very sweet.

    I had that smae idea. My sister and I used to spend two weeks every summer with our Grandparents in GA. My mom always said that once our kids were potty trained, she'd continue the tradition. So many times I have looked forward to that time, and now 2 out of my 3 are potty trained, but as I watched her get sicker and sicker these last 8 years, I knew that time would never come. I am really sad my children will most likely not remember her because she started the legacy of who I am and who they will become as I teach them what she taught me. She was amazing, and I am sad. Sad, but not devastated. Because I know I will see her again, and if I have anything to say about it, my Dad will, too. :)

    I have gotten through a lot in my life and through medical school and residency, and I will get through this, too.

    After all, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me." Phil 4:13

  2. So sorry, Colleen.
    I cannot imagine what you are going through.