Author Archives: Jeanette

Never Too Late

The daughter could not wait to say the words. “Guess what?  Mother has a boyfriend!  Well, a man friend.  Well, I’m not sure what to call him.”  The daughter’s 81-year-old mother had love spilling out of her heart.  “But his … Continue reading

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The Quiet Between The Walls

It is as if I can hear the house breathe.  Each breath in brings the sounds of life past: the soft clatter of dishes in the sink; the whisper of my mother’s voice; the clamor of my husband’s favorite newscasters.  … Continue reading

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Lessons from Death

Few can understand its wallop unless having taken Death’s punch.  I have lost two husbands, and I do not “heal” after losing a spouse.  But with time, I feel less sting at the sight of Bob’s old wallet, or a … Continue reading

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Unfinished Business

I cannot remember which brother called me that February day in 1993.  I just remember the words, “Jeanette, Dad’s in the hospital.”  And I remember the irritation welling up in my gut.  My father was in the hospital, and I … Continue reading

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Come Back

There are days when I can feel his breath warming the back of my neck.  My body tingles with anticipation as I lean my head to the side exposing this delicate spot.  I stand still for that moment, and wait … Continue reading

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Twenty More Years

Nothing was as intense as the love that put fire in our intimacy – deep, rich and hot.  Now Bob watches TV, switches to the Internet, then goes to bed.  He does not even tell me goodnight.  Before, we had … Continue reading

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Chemo Moods

He is a pistol today. He sits in his easy chair, but his forehead is tense and his eyes could spit fire. It is chemo week, and his current chemo transforms Bob into a state of semi-controlled rage. “I’m hungry,” … Continue reading

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Astoundingly High

“Bob, you have an astoundingly high white blood count.”  As Dr. Abraham stands beside Bob’s bed in the emergency room, his words feel as if they will pierce the soft tissues of my heart.  They are short, pointed, but backed … Continue reading

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Starting Over

I knew he was dying.  I just did not expect him to die that day, that Wednesday.  He was supposed to come home on Thursday, yet there I stood next to the hospital bed watching my soul mate struggle through … Continue reading

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Voices

Voices.  I hear voices.  It is 3:00 in the morning, and I hear voices downstairs in the room directly below our bedroom.  My spine stiffens as I sit straight up in bed.  The down comforter, encased in a multi-toned blue … Continue reading

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