Mom Ended Her Journey
She was 85 years old. She was the oldest of twelve children. She was married to the same man for 65 years. She had four children, three grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren. She liked to crochet, color in coloring books, watch movies, visit the casino, go to plays, and get together with family. And she loved to laugh.
At about 8:30 in the morning Sunday June 19th, Mom died.
I recapped the story of her struggles and hospitalizations over the previous few weeks. From breathing difficulties, being unable to got out of her chair or off the toilet, to falling and breaking her leg. The broken leg took her once again to the hospital, never to return to her home of nearly 50 years.
There was a brief religious ceremony for Mom’s memorial service, in which I had to read from the Bible to the gathering of forty to fifty mourners. As an atheist, reading the Bible to a group of people isn’t something I relish, since I certainly don’t believe any of it, but I wanted to honor Mom and Dad, who are both believers. Also, reading out loud isn’t something I’m very good at, so it wasn’t a moment without some stress. But, the moment was not about me and I got through it fine.
And I didn’t sound sarcastic at all.
Mom was born on Valentine’s Day (astrologers, put your charts away) and she died on Father’s Day. It ca be said she cam into the world on one Hallmark Cards holiday and left on another.
Mom’s last days were spent at Our Lady of Peace Hospice. There is no charge for their services. They run completely on donations. If you are able and willing, a donation in my mother’s name (Norma Fitzsimons) would be tremendous. Thank you.
Speaking Of Miracles
When Mom was still with us, I was visiting her and Dad a few days after the mass shooting in Buffalo, New York. A reporter was interviewing a survivor who was recovering in the hospital and his mother. The reporter asked his mother that infuriating question:
“Do you think your son’s surviving the shooting is a miracle?” (Or words to that effect. I couldn’t find the report to confirm the exact wording.)
Of course the mother said yes. And she added that God must have something he wants her son to do.
Talk about ramping up the survivor’s guilt.
There was nothing miraculous about that mass shooting! 10 people died! Where’s the fucking miracle?!
What Would Be A Miracle?
I put my mind to what might be considered a miracle.
I came up with God telling
scam artist slow motion Televangelist Joel Osteen that He would perform a miracle on a specific date, so that everyone would know He exists.
You’ll have to listen to hear my idea.
Tenacious D’s Tribute To The Who
I talked about Tenacious D’s song Tribute, which is a tribute to the greatest and best song in the world. They never straight out tell us what the greatest song in the world is, but in concert they would sometimes give a hint.
I brought up Tenacious D because they just released a tribute the the greatest rock band in the world, The Who. It’s a medley of three song’s from The Who’s legendary album Tommy. It’s called The Who Medley and it rocks, of course.
I was so jazzed about the D doing a tribute to The Who. I thought they hadn’t done any studio-recorded covers of other great bands.
I was wrong. Tune in next week.
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