Sunday, July 28, 2019
After my father died Mom lived in that big house for a while. Then she decided that it was simply too big for a woman living alone.
She moved in with my youngest sister. They were still in Detroit so she was close to the rest of us. Our other sister had moved to Florida with her son. The oldest of our brothers eventually moved to Florida as well.
Mom had been complaining about the cold winters of Michigan and Nebraska (where we were from) for a few years. She decided to move to Florida where she stayed with my sister and her son.
Mom hated Florida. She said it smelled like fish and was always raining.
The sister she was living with is not easy to live with. We all love one another but there are some people you cannot be with all day every day.
Mom moved back to Michigan.
Mom and I had been talking for some time about seeing New England. We decided a road trip was in order.
She picked me up. Off we went to see what we could see in New England.
It was a great trip. We took turns driving. We stopped when we saw something interesting. There were even a couple of times we doubled back when we saw a sign about someplace we had passed and decided to see.
On the spur of the moment we decided to drive to Kentucky to visit my sister and her sons. I did not know it at the time but Mom was toying with the idea of living there.
Mom stayed with my sister for a couple of years. Then she wanted a place of her own. She rented a small place down the road from my sister.
Mom no longer had her own furniture. She built most of her new furniture. Using 2x4's she built a couch and chair that my sister still uses today. Of course the cushions Mom made have long since worn out.
After a period of time my sister needed help because of her job. Someone had to help her boys get ready for school and stay with them after school. Mom moved once again.
One morning she did not call the boys for school. The older one found her still in bed. He sent his little brother up the hill to their other grandmother's house while he called my sister.
Mom had died in her sleep.
We made arrangements for a funeral in Michigan. She is buried between my father and my brother.
The day of her funeral was a cold, cold day with a wind that cut right through to your core. Mom was a loving person who would never hurt anyone. But I think she must have had a wicked moment of glee seeing us all freezing at the cemetery.