Monday, October 30, 2006

Taking a break

I don't want to scare anyone by disappearing, so here's a quick note to let you know I won't be posting for a bit. My mother was killed in a car wreck yesterday. It is shocking, inconceivable. But I've got a fantastic family (thanks, in very large part, to my dear mother), so I'll be fine. I just need a little time, and I don't want anyone to worry.

My mother is a fantastic, curious, intelligent adventurer. She fell off the side of a mountain while biking in Alaska and survived (even thrived!); was (briefly) arrested while buying opera tickets (unknowingly, innocently) from a scalper in Moscow; swam (or floated, anyway) in the Dead Sea; took me to Europe when I was a teenager; broke her hand in a train station in India and then continued on her trip while her bones started to heal. She visited every continent on earth; spent a semester at sea; loved the train, taking her grandchildren on transcontinental journeys; read voraciously; studied history; raised five children, who all went on to post-graduate studies; is a passionate fan of nature; worships my wonderful father (who adores her in return), and... oh, where to stop?

I'll be back. Give me a moment to collect myself...

29 comments:

John said...

I'm sorry to hear that.

Pam said...

Alice,



You and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

Please let me know if there is anything I can do, and see you back in email when you have time and are ready for the net again.



much love,

Pam

Jo said...

Dear Alice, I don't know if you remember me. I haven't communicated with you in a long time, but I never forgot you and all the comic relief you gave me during a difficult time in my own life. I enjoyed the friendship very much. Pam just let me know about your mother and I felt compelled to write and let you know you are in my thoughts and prayers. My passion for life hasn't changed in spite of the loss I've endured, so please feel free to contact me when grief seems to lather you with a need to reach out. I remember how compassionate you are and am sure you will be the one in your great family who holds everyone together. When you need to recharge, I hope you remember that I am still Jo.



When someone we love dies we never say goodbye.

We say, thank you for coming into my life. We say, I will always be with you.

We say Siempre.. (Forever)

Love

Jo

Tim said...

Alice - all of my empathies and condolances to you and your family. Remember, although having a family member pass away is a loss, but if you celebrate their life, the loss is easier on those (you) that have lost the person. Your mother sounded like a wonderful person that absolutely enjoyed life herself, so celebrate your time with her. We'll all be here for you when you decide to return.

Jerry said...

Alice, my heart goes out to you and your family. If there is anything I can do, please let me know. And take care of yourself.

josh said...

Alice,



Sorry to hear about your mom. She sounds like a wonderful person.

fletch said...

My deepest sympathies for your loss.

djuggler said...

Sounds like she had a very fulfilling life. I am sorry for your loss.

Bill said...

I'm very, very sorry about your loss.

My thoughts and prayers are with you.

Widdy said...

Alice, So sorry for your loss. There's just enough time to get to daily Mass and slip a prayer chit under God's front door. Consider it done.



Many hugs to you, and Dr. Jfred.







Widdy

Keera Ann Fox said...

A thousand hugs for you, my dear. And a prayer that the pain and emptiness will fade quickly, and the good memories step up.

egalia said...

Alice, I'm so sorry.

Bob Officer said...

I sorry to hear of your loss. Think of all she has given, and consider that against all that she has taken. The scales seem to be in her favor. That gift of giving and her sense of adventure and humor seem to be what she has given you...



Now, I wonder why she looks like someone I met years ago?

sandy said...

Hi Alice,

You have been on my mind all day. I just don't know what to say other that I am so sorry about your mother. My deepest sympathies to you, Greg, Meaghan and your dad and siblings. Please let me know what I can do. Your mom was a remarkable woman and she raised a very fine daughter.

Love,

Sandy, Bill and Scooter

Stella said...

Alice,



So sad to hear this terrible news. Just like Jo said, it has been a while since I have been around to chat to you and simply felt compelled to give you my most sincere condolences. What you have written about your mother is of truly beautiful sentiment, a touching tribute. My thoughts are with you.



Love Stella.

Buck said...

What a full and wonderful life she must have led. What an obvious impact she had on those around her.



I am very, very sorry.

aw said...

Oh my God, I'm so sorry. Many of us who lurk here appreciate your site more than you'll ever know. Take all the time you need. We're not going anywhere.



"Ohh, this ole world keeps spinnin round, it's a wonder tall trees ain't layin down, there comes a time..."

Ivy said...

You don't know me, I got here through Newscoma. I am so incredibly sorry for your loss. Your mom sounds like a wonderful person, your post about her brought me to tears. My condolences. :(

Joe P. said...

i join to salute your wonderful mom. what an amazing lifetime you mentioned with just a few words. i love that smile on her face in the picture.

many condolences for this sudden loss, and the best thoughts for you and your family.

Dee Lilley said...

Dear Alice,





Please accept my deepest condolences on your sudden and tragic loss...the prayer that I'm sending has no words,





just love,

Dee

Busy Mom said...

I am so sorry for your loss. I love the picture.

Vol Abroad said...

I just saw this. What a horrible shock. I am so sorry.

Carol Davidson said...

Alice, I just read this. I'm sorry about the passing of your mother. My prayers to you and your family.

chad edwards said...

I'm really sorry, Alice. My thoughts are with you and your family.

R. Neal said...

I am very sorry to hear of your sudden and tragic loss. My condolences.

Lyleblog said...

Terrible thing to happen.



My sympathies go with you. Take the time you need and take care of your family. This rowdy bunch of amatuer pundits will still be here when you get back.



Lyle

Joanne said...

Your mother must have been a wonderfully inspirational person to know. I believe that kind of spirit continues to live on in the hearts and minds of everyone they touched. How lucky you are to have shared in her life and she in yours! In my experience, bearing a loss is made easier if you can take the love and leave the pain. Take care and God bless.

nikky said...

Hi by mistake i end up in this page . i was looking for infomation about the crows tribe for my daugther report, i'm sorry about your mom and even tought i don't know you me and my family have you in our prayer, i konw is not easy but thanks God you had a great mom... and remmember nobody is gone when they are still in our heart.

Ben said...

Alice,



Even though we do not know each other, you have become a part of my life because I read your blog. It has been a while since I was last here and just read about your mother. Please accept my condolences for your loss. Your mother sounds like a very special person. My heart aches for you. I will remember you and her in my prayers.



Ben