A New Week

A week has gone by since I received the news that my sister is gone. It’s so final. It’s like someone slammed the door shut. So I’ve been processing the news in my mind, in my heart, in my body. It still hurts. I can’t believe it…yet it’s true.

This is a picture of Lorraine and her little dog. He was her companion, she loved him and he loved her. This is the picture that is in her obituary.

One thing Lorraine and I talked about several times, during our late night phone conversations, is how we wanted to die. Some time in our old, old age, we both agreed, we just wanted to go to bed one night and not wake up in the morning. We didn’t want to get sick and suffer or be a burden on our children. So I am thankful that she didn’t get sick, suffer and linger. She died. It’s just too soon.

I’m very restless. I want to go to Portland now. I can hardly stand it to be here when I want to be there. I want to be needed. But I’ll wait until Saturday, then I’ll fly out. Meantime, I’ll clean house, wash clothes, fix food for Jerry for while I’m gone, work on cleaning out  flower beds, etc. The week can’t go fast enough.

Lorraine was an outstanding person. She was an A student, valedictorian of her class. After college she obtained her masters degree. She was an outstanding teacher in Portland Schools teaching the lower grades. She had the firm belief that every child has one or more gifts. I firmly agreed with her. She has four beautiful daughters.

As a person, Lorraine was a widow, mother, daughter, sister, grandmother, aunt, cousin, friend, neighbor. She was also a teacher, author, poet, singer and oh, so much more.

About allinadayofme

I can't believe I'm in old age! I'm now in my eighties! I'm a child of God, wife to one, mother to five, grandmother to 15 plus two granddaughters-in-law! I'm a great-grandma now! I'm a sister, aunt, cousin, friend and neighbor. I'm a housewife and former ESL tutor. I love reading and writing. I've just retired from writing and editing a newsletter, Prime Time News, for seniors. I love genealogy, traveling, birds and animals, blogging and taking pictures.
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12 Responses to A New Week

  1. Gail Slawson says:

    I know how you feel. You somehow want to be close to “her” and where she was and near her things. It certainly helps the grieving process. What did she die too soon from?
    Our son and his family recently moved to Portland and live in Gresham. If find yourself needing any help etc I know they would be more than happy to assist you.


  2. Amy says:

    I’m sorry for your loss.


  3. Sue says:

    So sorry for the hurt in your life, Anita. Praying for you. Lots of hugs, Sue


  4. Zoanne Clark says:

    So sorry for your loss. Praying you have a safe trip and a good time of remembering your sister with the family.


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  6. tersiaburger says:

    Good luck. It is a sad time – take time to grieve!


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