Message Number One:
IS THIS ‘HEAVEN’??
Four days before my eighty-eight year old Mother dies, she has two fabulous days.
Mom has been suffering with cancer for a long time. However, very early on the first or second morning of her ‘two fabulous days’, we siblings find her with no pain, sitting up in the hospital bed in her living room, her white hair brushed back from her smiling face. She looks serene, happy and ‘well’, totally at odds with how distant, sunken and almost dead she has been looking for the past weeks.
This morning is different. She’s drinking coffee with cream and then more coffee with vanilla ice cream. She demands and eats breakfast! This is incredible as she hasn’t eaten or drunk anything for a week or more. She has her usual big and beautiful smile for all of us.
Suddenly, she turns to me and says, “Venus, what have you been doing lately?”
I think for a bit, then repy, “…Well..not much Mom. I’ve been with you.”
She keeps looking at me, waiting for me to say something interesting.
She looks to me, because back in time, when Mom started to need more help, each of us siblings took a Mother Job. I had been designated ‘The Entertainment Committee’ for her and she was used to my filling that capacity.
Finally, I manage to think of something I’ve done besides being with her.
“Well..I took a sun bath on my roof the other day,” I murmer.
“Oh! I saw you!” Mom says. “I’ll never forget you sunbathing on the roof! It’s good for you to get the sun.” (more…)