As the time draws near, our feelings are deep, immediate and tender.
Lin asked each child, individually, into her room 2 nights ago, for a personal conversation. Somehow she found the strength for a soulful goodbye with each.
She is no longer able to process food through the feeding tube, so that is gone. We are close.
Her two sisters, and our good friend Denise, are flying and driving in today. The circle of family and friends draws closer and warmer. Our cat Gobo Fango spends most of his time in the room, keeping vigil.
Sitting here at her side gives me a great view of our back property cliff/forest. I see things I have never before seen. I have seen a bluebird defending its new territory. I have seen a bluebird chase a squirrel up and down a tree and into its hole. I have seen a bluebird locked in aerial combat with a red male cardinal when it got too close to the nesting box, blood red and sky blue wrapping and dancing together up and down and up. The cardinal, tho the much larger bird, eventually fled.
I have seen the finish line, not far ahead, still running this almost 10 month marathon side by side with my eternal companion. She gives her love and thanks to all of you. Lean through the tape.