Friday, May 3, 2013

Life Happens

I was preparing another Link Love post for today, but that will have to wait. We’ve had another death in the family, this time my stepfather, and I’ll be flying out to California to help my mom.

That’s always the way, isn’t it? We’re getting ready for our son’s graduation from high school and all that entails, but life keeps on happening around us. I say “life” on purpose, because death is a part of life. My family members both had good, full lives and are now at peace, no more suffering or pain.

My stepfather, Ron, married my mom when I was in college. He was good to and for her, and always kind to me, too. (I’ve been fortunate in stepparents—my stepmother is a gem.) Ron loved life, was extremely active—going to the gym early in the morning and working in the yard. When my mom needed to move north to care for my grandmother who had Alzheimer’s disease, Ron willing left Southern California where he had lived for many years, to live with my mom in her childhood home and support her in her care of Grandma. He loved USC (the University of Southern California), travel, drinking good wine and martinis, and smoking the occasional cigar with my husband. We will miss him at our family celebrations.

Fishing on the Sacramento River

With my mom in 2011
I’ll be back with you in about a week or so. Thanks so much for your support!



Laure Ferlita said...

What a wonderful tribute to a life well lived. I'm sure your mom is lost without him and your presence will help to ease her loss.

Travel safe.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thanks, Laure.

Rodney Anderson said...

It's easy to know you have had great loving parents and step parents by just knowing you and who you are..No matter the inevitability of losing them, they always leave too soon. My best to you and your family.


Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thank you for your kind comments, Rodney. Hope all is well with you.

Cheryl Gebhart said...

I'm so sorry for your loss Kathy. I'm sure he will be missed by all who knew and loved him.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy,

I am so sorry to hear about Ron's passing. I am praying for all of you, and hope that your Mom is doing okay.

Sending love too,

Kathy M.

Danielle said...

So sorry to hear this. He sounds like he was a really lovely man! My condolences to you and your family. Do take good care of yourself!

michelle said...

My condolences to you and yours, too. He does sound like a blessing to the lives of those around him, especially your mum. Hope she'll be fine. Take care.

Oregon Gifts of Comfort and Joy said...

Hi Kathy, I'm just popping in to say hi. I hope that things are going fine. Happy Mother's Day!

Kathy M.

Kathy A. Johnson said...

Thank you so much for your kind thoughts. I appreciate them, and so does my mom.