Tonight is long and hard. I am island because I live on an island.  I am alone in my grief.  The ferries don’t run until morning. The planes are grounded for the  night. Surrounded by the beautiful Pacific and her rugged shores is something I have loved since I arrived here oh so many years ago.  But not tonight.  Tonight is a prison sentence.  My mum is alone in a hospital bed in an ICU a thousand miles away and I am here.  Family surround her, but I know in a way, that she is her own little island. When morning comes, I will be on a plane, but it will be late afternoon before I arrive.  I hope that I am in time to sit by her bedside, hold her hand, and tell her that I love her. I hope and even though I long ago left my faith behind, I pray.

Here is a picture of mum and dad on their wedding day.


5 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Perogyo
    Oct 25, 2012 @ 07:17:51

    Thinking of you. It’s so hard to be away from your loved ones, especially at times like these.


  2. Kristin Butcher
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 09:39:19

    A very difficult time to be sure. Sending positive thoughts your way.


  3. Linda Granfield
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 05:40:03

    take care of yourself, Sheryl. And hold your mother’s hand in your heart until you are there ‘for real.’ She knows you are on your way. And your friends are breathing with you…


  4. patientdreamer
    Oct 23, 2012 @ 00:23:56

    sorry to hear this Sheryl, take care, know others are thinking of you.


  5. andrea Spalding
    Oct 22, 2012 @ 23:35:18

    We too left faith behind, but there are many kinds of prayers and ours surround you. Tomorrow as you takeoff on your lonely journey, I will walk my labyrinth holding you and your mom in my heart. She too is taking a journey, but I know your love goes with her. I believe she will be aware of it no matter where you are physically. Love you Sheryl.


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