The dreaded call


Simon was at my mom’s overnight, giving us a chance for a rare sleep-in when the phone rang at 5-something AM. No good news ever comes with a 5AM call. In my fog, I heard Cathy say “Oh God no”.. and I instantly woke up like I had been shocked.. I ran to take her into my arms, she didn’t need to tell me what had happened – I could feel her heart breaking.

Cathy’s mom Sally left us unexpectedly early this morning, and the void could be felt almost instantly. We got Cathy on the first available flight to Florida so she can be with her dad so they can help each other through the kind of week you can only understand if you’ve lived it.

I’m staying home with Simon, hoping he doesn’t ask too many questions about his Nana.

This is going to be a long week.

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10 Comments

  1. Bill Deys says:

    All the best to you, Cat and Simon as well as the rest of the family. I have not lost a parent yet but I have lost all of my grandparents so I can only imagine how hard it must be. All the best in your time of need!

  2. Sorry to hear about Cat’s mom. Best wishes to all of you guys.

  3. Mark says:

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. I wish I could say something that would help you feel better. Know that we are thinking about you guys and wishing the best to all of you.

    Mark and the gang

  4. Oh, Bob. I’m so sorry. You, Cat and Simon will be in our thoughts and prayers.

  5. C.C. Chapman says:

    There is NEVER anything right to say in a situation like this.

    I am very sorry for your loss and my thoughts and prayers are with all of you.

  6. Dear Cathy, Bob and Simon,

    Christina and I would like to pass on our deepest sympathies to your family at this difficult time. From your many trips to Vermont and Florida, I know that Sally was a loving mother and Nana.

    Wishing you peace – Bruce

  7. julien says:

    hey guys, my heart goes out to you. this is not easy.

  8. Andre says:

    From the Jean’s too all of you…

    Our thought’s are with you 3…

  9. My thoughts are with you guys.

  10. Just wanted to send you all our best. We’re very sorry to hear about your loss.

    Dave & Heather

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