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January 15, 2022


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That quilt that was given to Michelle's family is beautiful, especially with her handprint on it. Wow.

My mum had the same kind of stroke, took out one whole hemisphere which is what she would have wanted. My mum's greatest few was having a stroke that would leave her dependent. There was no way she could have survived her stroke.

I'm sorry your family is gone, especially your grandson. We've been so lucky with Jack's daycare, no outbreaks (yet) and no closures.

Glad you had a good cry. Salt water helps, the ocean, tears or sweat, they all work.


Safe travels to your daughter and family! Having family members leave is always so bittersweet. I hope you had a great visit with them.

The quilt is a beautiful reminder.

Doug M

Well, if they had to leave it's good they did it today. Because tomorrow night we're going to get hammered with snow here in the Northeast. Anyway, I love the picture of Mari on that blanket, and your grandson always looks sweet. And I am here in bed at 7:00 p.m., I am positive for covid and fighting a 101 temperature! What were all the shots for anyway? Hope your mood lifts Margaret, take care.

Joanne Noagon

Good thing all left today. That incoming storm sounds too mean.


No doubt you will miss the Little Guy. Saying goodbye is never easy. Hopefully, in the not to distant future you will be able to spend time together again.


What a rollercoaster! At least you aren't left wondering what happened to Michelle, even if it was more than you needed. I've heard of several things done in hospice and organ donation, but have never seen the handprint on the quilt gift. We lost a new, young nurse grad at our hospital who had a brain aneurysm . I was so angry; why does Heaven need a brand new nurse, when we needed them so much here? Kind of like the band that's being recreated with my chums and band director, Heaven seems to be having a party. Pretty sure Heaven needs some teachers, because surely there's a few students that need help and redirection from not ending up elsewhere.
Sounds like your little grandson will definitely remember you. Maybe you can Facetime with him now. My Mom always reapplied her lipstick at the table after a meal out, then she'd use the paper napkin to blot off the excess. She drowned her grandkids with kisses. My young son so adored her, that he hated to leave from visiting my parents, but he wanted one of the napkins with a big lipstick kiss on it. That hung on his bulletin board for years.
Take care of you; remember the good times. Linda in Kansas

Ally Bean

I cannot imagine living in those NY winter temps, but I suppose you adapt. The lack of back-up daycare for your grandson is an issue. I wonder how they'll cope? I'm glad you three had the time together, but I know how sad it can be to say good-bye for now. It's always something


I am reminded of when Danica would get upset when Sue and I left after a day of babysitting. I don't think it went on for too long, but it was touching.

Aww . . . that blanket.


When our kids were young, we got tired of being in that awkward position of what to do with them when the private daycare lady was sick and both of our careers were full throttle. We finally made the decision for one of us, me, to stop working and solve the problem for good. It was the best decision we ever made though I realize we are fortunate to be able to do so and not everyone might be able to make the same decision.


I almost was crying for you reading your post. It's always so sad to see the kids and grandkids leave. Mine are only 3 1/2 hours, 2 hours and just shy of an hour away and not a big long plane ride away. I'm so glad though that they came and spent that time with you. How great to love up on that grandson and enjoy his parents too.
That quilt was awesome for Michelle's family. I haven't seen anything like that done before. So sad for someone so young to be taken though.

Tonya Watkins

Saying goodbye is just SO HARD!!!

And Oh God, what weather for them to have to return to! Ugh.

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