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It might be the Christmas season but.... December 12, 2009 11:52 AM

Yes,  it might be the Christmas season so many ways it brings us back to our thoughts of those not here with us on Planet Earth anymore, well at least in human form. This thread is for those of you and us that want to share an intimate memory or some moment in time recently that triggered your sense of loss and brought it back around fresh again.

I was on my way to the library this morning when a song from The Backstreet Boys came on my truck radio. "Quit Playing Games With My Heart." I was at my niece, Rachel's house in New Stanton, Pennsylvania, when her mom was about to deliver the first set of boy/girl twins. I was typing, trying to overcome writers block and Rachel came into where I was working. She busted my chops for liking that song. I was singing aloud with it and gave her holy heck right back for not liking my musical tastes. It took me back no matter how small or insignificant it may seem to someone else, it made me stop and think and grab hold of my steering wheel overcome with emotion for that lovely young spirit. My niece, Rachel, what a girl. You are and continue to be loved   Rachel Beth, ginger

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My friend Cathy died Thursday morning... December 13, 2009 3:06 PM

and there are so many memories.  Right now, the one I treasure the most is how, even through her drug-induced haze, she lit up when her mother told her I was there.  Cat....who still insisted on putting on her makeup to be pretty when her son came to visit only three days before she died...Cat, the only one who knew what to do when we visited children in the burn unit during nursing school...Cat, who could take the most inappropriate thing in the world and somehow make it hysterically funny.  I cannot believe such a bright spirit has left us.  Please be at peace, Cat.  You are missed.

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Sorry December 23, 2009 8:48 PM

for my absence for a while - it has been a tough December for me, and I haven't been on the computer very much.  Even after 16 years, Laurel's death can take over my moods at times, this time for much of the month.  Janet, I am sorry for your loss and will keep you in my prayers...thank you, Ginger, for this thread and for sharing your memory.  Mine is just the joy that bringing Laurel happiness brought to me for so many years - assembling doll strollers, bicycles, etc. throughout the years.  I still her voice saying "I love you, Daddy..."

Merry Christmas to all, and I am thankful for the promise of eternal life that started with this season...


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Yes it is a tough one no matter what people say... December 26, 2009 12:49 PM

Yes it is a tough one no matter what people say...You can hold your head up and try to keep your spirits light but even our souls get weary and lonely for those that have passed on from us. Sending and squeezing out as much love as I can for Janet & Tim for your losses. Janet, I am glad you came here and chose to share with us. Visit us whenever you feel the need to share and we will gracefully and gratefully listen. Remember them no matter what. They appreciate when we do this, I am sure of that.

They need to know that they are missed and so loved. Someday...Peace & blessings be.---ginger 

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Yes, it's going to be hard on the family..... December 28, 2009 9:58 AM

Cathy's mother was becoming forgetful a year and a half ago when I lost Bill.  Her oldest son (also Bill) tells me that she is getting more and more so since Cathy's death and he is going to move in with her and keep an eye on her.....Brandon, her son, was a complete wreck, as was her sister.  I was grateful that her family included me in everything they were doing, so I didn't have to face her services alone.

Sadly, money always enters the picture.  There is already friction between her son Brandon and her husband (not his father) over some of the life insurance, although I believe they were both adequately provided for.  Why must these things always come down to money?  Honestly, none of us really gets Allen (her hubby) but it seems to me that now is a time when everyone should work together to find accord.  I hope nobody tries to involve me; I could wind up losing all of them, which I would hate.

Ginger, thank you for your kind thoughts.  Tim, believe me, I know what you mean.  Bill figured less prominently in my thoughts this year, mostly because of my more recent loss, but was still an ever constant and watchful shadow with me.

Blessings to you both.

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