Saturday, March 10, 2007

Hope


Yesterday I had to take off my long underwear. I've been layering my clothing for weeks and by mid-morning was uncomfortably warm. It was almost unsettling to have to re-configure my morning attire. Guess I'm a creature of habit. Of course the upshot is the astonished awareness that, by golly - Spring is going to make it. We're going to make it.
My dearest one is scheduled for gender-specific surgery in two weeks. After open-heart surgery and a few other niggling concerns, it's not a happy-go-lucky time here for us.
Our son flies in from Boston today to attend his Grandma's funeral. No. My husband isn't getting a break. His mother died yesterday morning after several years in a nursing home close to her daughters.
I can't tell you (but you understand) how that little clump of daffodil leaves in front of the snow bank - lifted my spirits. It's been a long winter hasn't it?

18 comments:

Cuppa said...

Heart hugs coming your way.

Colour and beauty do manage to emerge from all that cold dark earth each spring, and colour and beauty are on the other side of the dark clouds overhead in your life right now. Hang on!

"Hope is the thing with feathers- that perches in the soul - and sings the tune without the words - and never stops - at all."
Emily Dickinson

Keep humming that tune; friends and family will help you remember the words in time.

Anvilcloud said...

Sometimes we struggle, and sometimes we soar. Sometimes, we soar after we struggle.

Cathy said...

Cuppa & Anvil Cloud

Wish you lived next door :0) You make me smile.

I was going to 'Google' that Emily Dickinson poem and ran out of time. You read my . . . heart.

Pam said...

Hope and good thoughts to you, may the coming of spring lift you.

Cathy said...

Pam - Spring is my favorite season though others have their beauty. But Spring is all about Hope and renewal. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Laurie said...

Oh Cathy, I'm so sorry. Here's a great big hug to go along with your daffodils.

Much luck to you and yours in the coming weeks. You'll be in my thoughts and prayers.

KGMom said...

Thank goodness for the cycle of life that we see in flowers that go dormant, then insist on breaking through the cold ground to restore our spirits and our faith.
Your blogging friends will be thinking of you in the difficult days ahead. Courage.

Cathy said...

Laurie - Hugs and daffodils -If that can't buoy my spirits, nothing can. Thanks so much for keeping me in your prayers. I'll be thinking of you and your concerns also.

Donna - Yes. Courage. I need to flex that muscle as the Sun strengthens and life asserts its claim. Thanks for that.

Mary said...

Cathy, there is truth to the phrase "when it rains it pours". I'm so sorry for all the grief you face now.

Keep "Looking Up" and know we are sending hugs and springtime thoughts your way.

Lynne said...

Cathy- I'm sorry thing are so tough for you and your husband right now. You are in my prayers today.

Cathy said...

Mary - It means so much that nice people like you are sending caring thoughts. Yep - I need a little practice in the Looking Up mode sometimes. Spring will help make things a bit sunnier. Thanks.

Lynne - I know you understand what it means to receive the good wishes of kind and good people. Thanks so much for the prayers.

burning silo said...

Sorry to hear about the stressful times now and ahead. We've had to deal with a few as well recently. Even though we know that all should go well, there's always that twinge of uncertainty. Well, here's to better times ahead after the medical stuff is out of the way.

Cathy said...

Bev - Yes it's the uncertainty. As a physician Keith is aware of all the possible complications and the prognosis difference between a Gleeson 7 and 8. Bottom line: 'Hope' will be our mantra for weeks and then years to come. Hope your Don is on the mend. Thanks for the good wishes.

Bonita said...

Thank goodness that when daffodils finally bloom they are a brilliant yellow bobbing in the wind.... bold reminders that life is extravagantly effective in its little affirmations. Looking down, we see these things. I hope you hang in there Cathy, through these tough times. My condolences to you and your family on the passing of the 'dear mum'.

threecollie said...

Sorry to read of so much sorrow.

I found you by way of Don't Make Me Get My Flying Monkeys and you have a very beautiful, gentle and inspiring blog.

Cathy said...

Bonita - We're just back from the funeral. It was so comforting to be around Keith's sisters' families. We felt buoyed by their caring and concern for my husband's health. Thanks for your kind thoughts.

Cathy said...

Three Collie - I'm so glad you made your way over from Laurie's blog. How kind of you to take the time to for an expression of sympathy. Life is moving forward. The caring of other nice people makes it bearable. Thank you.

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