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04 March 2002 @ 05:20 pm
When I was very small I spent the week before Christmas at their house, because my mother was having my brother, and we strung popcorn and cranberry strands together.

When I was a little older, we spent our weeks at the beach together, and named crabs as they scrambled all over the kitchen floor, and built sandcastles, and brought silly dolls at the arcade on the boardwalk.

When I was older still, we sat on the patio after parties, drinking wine and joking that she and my brother would be each others' second spouses.

And now she's on life support, because some 80 year old who probably shouldn't have had an license hit the accelerator instead of the brake and smashed into her. Tomorrow they'll turn off the machines, and the transplant surgeons will take what they can.
(Anonymous) on March 4th, 2002 05:33 pm (UTC)
I'm very sorry to hear this. I know we don't really know each other that well, but my thoughts are with you on these difficult times.

Lauratavella on March 4th, 2002 06:24 pm (UTC)
Thank you very much.
Son of the Shining Path, the Clouded Mindtorquemada on March 4th, 2002 06:29 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry. There's not much I can do from Seattle, but if you need something, just ask.
.: thresholdfable on March 4th, 2002 09:43 pm (UTC)
I'm so, so sorry.

If you ever need anything, or just to talk, tell me, okay?

quine on March 5th, 2002 01:33 am (UTC)
So sad, and wasteful.


{{{{{{{Edith's family}}}}}}}
Loligololigo on March 5th, 2002 06:47 am (UTC)
Laura, I'm so sorry!
hegemony hedgehogagrimony on March 5th, 2002 06:56 am (UTC)
My condolences, Laura :(
Alix (Tersa)tersa on March 5th, 2002 08:24 am (UTC)
I'm sorry to hear that, Laura. My thoughts are with you.
You People And Your Quaint Little Categoriesjoanne_c on March 5th, 2002 08:49 am (UTC)
I'm so very sorry to hear this. *hug*
ex_lucianus799 on March 5th, 2002 10:58 am (UTC)
How simply senseless.
How completely unfair.
You have my deepest condolences.
loislane11228 on March 6th, 2002 01:36 am (UTC)
Thank you for letting us peek at your memories. 'Cause I will think of them now, and so will others, and in some tiny way, Edith will keep going so long as the fragments of her stay in our minds.

And speaking as someone who was able to know someone a little while longer due to organ transplant, thank you for mentioning that as well.

You have tremendous grace. I see it right in your words.

but ain't no gyroscope can spin forever....roadnotes on March 6th, 2002 04:21 am (UTC)
I'm so sorry that this is happening. be gentle with yourself right now, and know that people are thinking about you and your loved ones.
Chrysoulachrysoula on March 6th, 2002 10:38 am (UTC)
I'm sorry, Laura. I'm thinking of you.
(Anonymous) on March 7th, 2002 08:01 pm (UTC)
From your brother Mark

I think I never felt old before this. One day, you're cruising down the road, bright day, radio on...and then maybe you have a moment to look left and glimpse oncoming doom...and then it's over. For you. For the ones who love you, the pain is just beginning.

I'm an athiest, so I can't even be mad at God. This all fits in perfectly with my worldview...that life is ephemeral, and that death is inevitable. If this were on the evening news, I would shake my head and forget about it seconds later. But now, every Christmas, every Easter, every neighborhood summer barbecue will be marked by a striking absence.


your brother,