A Strong Spirit

Joe has been playing the bagpipes a lot lately, and every time I hear them my heart aches. That’s because he’s practicing to play at his mom’s funeral.

We first learned that Grace had terminal lung cancer last summer. At the time we weren’t sure she’d make it to her birthday at the end of August. She did. We we pretty sure she wouldn’t make it until Christmas. She did. Now here it is May, and while she’s down to 75 pounds and is sleeping much of the time, her spirit is still strong. While the doctors don’t give her more than a few weeks, she just might surprise us again. She’s one of those larger than life charismatic souls, and I suspect she’s not ready to throw in the towel just yet.


3 thoughts on “A Strong Spirit

  1. I will keep you in my prayers. Loosing you Mom is pretty heavy duty stuff and no words can change that. Justknow that you are not alone in your sorrow.


  2. Please tell Joe that he is in my thoughts. Practicing the pipes is probably the best thing he can do and will be so appropriate when she finally decides to move on. What a send-off!


  3. Wow, she is one tough lady. Here’s hoping she’s able to stay somewhat comfortable in her final days (however long those may be). Sending bracing thoughts your way.


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