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Sun Feb 21, 2016, 09:31 PM

 

Two Sisters





The last one was when one sister heard the other was dying and rushed from California to Michigan to be a bone marrow donor.

It didn't work. She passed away a few months later.

The other sister passed away last week on Valentines Day.

Goodbye mom.

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Reply Two Sisters (Original post)
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2016 OP
csziggy Feb 2016 #1
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2016 #2
bigwillq Feb 2016 #3
rurallib Feb 2016 #4
Fla Dem Feb 2016 #5
Spitfire of ATJ Feb 2016 #6
frogmarch Feb 2016 #7
senz Mar 2016 #8
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #10
senz Mar 2016 #11
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #12
senz Mar 2016 #13
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #14
senz Mar 2016 #15
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #17
senz Mar 2016 #18
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #21
senz Mar 2016 #22
Spitfire of ATJ Mar 2016 #24
senz Mar 2016 #25
mackerel Mar 2016 #9
senz Mar 2016 #23
redwitch Mar 2016 #16
happy wendy Mar 2016 #19
hopemountain Mar 2016 #20
senz Apr 2016 #26
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2016 #27
senz Apr 2016 #30
Spitfire of ATJ Apr 2016 #31
senz Apr 2016 #32
Cheese Sandwich Apr 2016 #28
Skittles Apr 2016 #29
My Good Babushka Apr 2016 #33
Rhiannon12866 Apr 2016 #34
Unicorn Apr 2016 #35

Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 09:40 PM

1. What a wonderful progression of pictures! Condolences on your losses

It's lovely that the sisters stayed close all their lives.

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Response to csziggy (Reply #1)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 09:44 PM

2. Thank you. I thought I'd share in case people were wondering why I'm not myself lately.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 10:06 PM

3. I am very sorry for your loss.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 10:07 PM

4. great memories in tose pics

she left you a treasure of true value.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sun Feb 21, 2016, 10:09 PM

5. Sorry you lost your Mom. The pictures are priceless.

It's hard losing a parent, I know, both of mine are gone. But many wonderful memories, as I'm sure you have. They will get you through.

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Response to Fla Dem (Reply #5)

Mon Feb 22, 2016, 12:58 AM

6. It was very sudden too. She was fine at Christmas.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Mon Feb 22, 2016, 01:23 AM

7. Ohhh, what treasures.

How you must treasure the pictures too. They're beautiful keepsakes of our mother and your aunt. Thank you for sharing them.

My condolences, Spitfire.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Fri Mar 11, 2016, 09:18 PM

8. I'm sorry, Spitfire

 

I would have missed this entirely if I hadn't accidentally clicked on your name, instead of the title, from a front page article and was taken to your journal. I would have felt badly not to have seen it, because you are one of my favorite DUers, and I hope you know that.

Your commemoration here makes it clear that you loved her very much, and I'm so sorry she has moved on and you're missing her. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows how "beyond us" grief is, how much bigger than us. I think of it as a journey, a sad/happy path we have no choice but to follow, as it does what it needs to do. I didn't have loving parents, but I've had loving friends, and the loss of too many of them, at too young an age, has been a real "carving out" for me. Two, in particular, who have been gone for seven and eleven years respectively, are strongly in my heart to this day, and I hear myself murmuring , "I miss you" at various times, and at other times just feel their loving presence. So, they never totally leave, and you never stop missing them, and I think it is just a part of life.

Your photographic essay for your mom and her sister is thoughtful and charming. It's wonderful they had each other all those years, and one had such an observant, caring child. A smart, clever, funny one, too -- which must have been really nice for her.

Take care, Spitfire.

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Response to senz (Reply #8)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 03:41 AM

10. It's been rough...

 

Her entire life reduced to a single carload of stuff.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #10)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 03:52 AM

11. And memories, love, good times, bad times, laughter, tears, children, love --

 

way more than stuff. The pictures you posted show a girl/woman who didn't seem so interested in stuff. What's in your heart is bigger and stronger than a truckload of stuff.

Hang in there, Spitfire.

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Response to senz (Reply #11)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 03:58 AM

12. Most of the really good stuff is on slides and 8mm film....

 

Back in the days when you had a fully stocked bar and everyone got hammered.

I'll share when I can. There are tropical sunsets on Guam in there.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #12)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 04:27 AM

13. That sounds lovely.

 

I remember when parents, aunts, uncles, had bars, shot glasses, swizzle sticks, olives, maraschino cherries, and tiny onions, jokes about waving the vermouth cork over the gin-filled martini glass and yes, they got hammered. But they had a lot of fun along the way. For awhile, anyway. Everyone smoked, too. Different world.

Slides and film are way more interesting than stuff.

Guam -- was your Dad in the military? When you find time to share your photos, please let people know. I don't get around much in DU.

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Response to senz (Reply #13)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:47 AM

14. Air Force. It's where I was born.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #14)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:28 PM

15. Makes for an interesting life.

 

I had an uncle in the Air Force and close family friends in the Navy. They traveled so much; it was just a way of life. I think it was interesting and mind-expanding for the kids -- at least no one ever complained. Guam has got to be an exotic place to live, if you remember any of it. For some stupid reason, I picture the military way of life shown in From Here to Eternity, kind of a busy little social world in a fabulously exotic location. That could be fun for a kid. I hope your mom enjoyed it.

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Response to senz (Reply #15)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 03:47 PM

17. I was raised in Lompoc watching missiles launch....

 

By now I figured we would all be traveling in space.

Then Nixon killed the space program because he hated Kennedy.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #17)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 04:40 PM

18. Ah, Vandenberg.

 

If you were interested in air/space travel as a kid, it must have been really fun and exciting for you. I recall overhearing my air force uncle telling my dad that the AF had been aware of UFOs for many years but didn't want to alarm the public.

I may have been through or near Lompoc at some point in the distant past. The general area is not unfamiliar; I went to boarding school less than 100 miles away. The entire area is lovely, mellow, livable, and parts are absolutely charming. But due to the existence of a persistent long-term stalker, I try to keep personally identifying information to a minimum.

It's been an eye-opener to learn how strongly personal feelings (Nixon hating Kennedy) affect national priorities. Teddy Kennedy's autobiography gives a very palpable sense of the Kennedy dislike for Carter.

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Response to senz (Reply #18)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 02:06 AM

21. Nixon's main priority was to lock in the rednecks and lock up the hippies and blacks.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #21)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 04:21 AM

22. Yup, narrow, inhibited, constricted person. Didn't seem to like people very much.

 

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Response to senz (Reply #22)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 05:26 AM

24. What I've thought is funny is how Nixon won re-election in a landslide,....

 

,....but after Watergate nobody would admit they voted for them.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #24)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 05:36 AM

25. Human nature.

 

Our species isn't all that great. Kinda hope I've got some Neanderthal in there somewhere. But right now am too sleepy to see straight.

Buenas Noches, amigo.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Fri Mar 11, 2016, 09:58 PM

9. Lovely tribute. My condolences. Me Da died

seven years ago and I never stop talking to him.

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Response to mackerel (Reply #9)

Sun Mar 13, 2016, 04:23 AM

23. It's true, they stay with us.

 

He must have been a nice dad.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 02:57 PM

16. Looks like she a had a life filled with love.

May she rest in that love always.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 09:17 PM

19. These photos are so meaningful!

 

These photos testify the two sisters' close relationship of all their lives. And their close relationship is so admirable. They must have lived a wonderful and happy life.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Sat Mar 12, 2016, 10:55 PM

20. very sorry for your loss, spitfire

but the last pic is beautiful and radiant with love, happiness, and sweetness. what a treasure.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 02:51 PM

26. Hope all's been well.

 

You're smart to stay out of GD-P but your trenchant observations are, of course, missed. You always raise the IQ level of a thread.

Anyway, spring's here, and I hope things are good for the Spitfires.

(Edit -- am using bmus' green kitty in my sig line b/c she was put on review for receiving extremely bogus hides.)

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Response to senz (Reply #26)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 05:26 PM

27. I've been known to make an observation or two in GDP if it makes the home page....

 

Last edited Tue Apr 19, 2016, 06:05 PM - Edit history (1)

And yes, things are settling into the new normal.

Thanks for caring.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #27)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 01:39 PM

30. I'm torn between staying in GDP to defend Bernie and getting out to protect myself.

 

After the abuse and ugliness of yesterday, it's becoming a lot harder. The hatred from one side is shocking. I can see why you would need to protect yourself from it, especially while dealing with a deep personal loss.

You know, your photos of your mom and aunt speak to a level of innocent happiness that all people should have, and it makes me happy to see them. My parents didn't know how to love, but i had an aunt who shined with the love and happiness that shows in your mom, and being with her was like standing by a heater in winter. After my parents died, she and I got closer. She died of old age a few years ago, and I've missed her terribly, but the memory of her voice, her smiling eyes and laughter, remains. Sometimes it feels like she's with me, bringing light and encouragement with her. It's very nice, and I do what I can to keep it flowing, because it's comforting and also a way to honor her for who she was.

Your mom looks like someone who could be kept close that way.

I hope the new normal will be good for you, Spitfire.

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Response to senz (Reply #30)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 04:27 PM

31. Fixin' to get formally hitched after a 17 year relationship.

 

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Reply #31)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 04:50 PM

32. Ah, the new normal will be very good indeed.

 

Sometimes time and fate work out exactly the right way and good things happen to good people just when they should.

Congratulations, Spitfire! I guess after 17 years, you know it's going to work out.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 05:48 PM

28. these photos are beautiful

 

sorry for your loss

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Tue Apr 19, 2016, 10:11 PM

29. lovely ladies

 

yes indeed

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Wed Apr 20, 2016, 06:52 PM

33. Thank you for posting

these are beautiful photos.

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 02:40 AM

34. What wonderful photos!

And I am so sorry to hear about the loss of your aunt - and your mom. They look very happy - and very close. The pictures remind me of my aunt and my mother, only two girls in the family and only 18 months apart. My aunt died in 2010 after a battle with high blood pressure and two strokes. She was the younger one. And I lost my mother in 2011, an accident when she fell down the stairs in the dark during a power outage, Hurricane Irene here in New York. You have my understanding and my sympathies...

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Response to Spitfire of ATJ (Original post)

Thu Apr 21, 2016, 02:42 AM

35. Condolences on the loss of your mother, and your aunt.

 

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