Captain’s Log 4,387
On May 19, 2011, I was sitting with my family in my mother’s bedroom – holding her hand and witnessing her transition. Stubborn to the end, she waited until we left and passed away in her sleep in the wee hours of May 20th. I got the call in my motel room about 2:30 or so. My niece was sharing the room, and since there was nothing anyone could do at the moment, we decided to let my nephew and Big Sister Mia sleep a few more hours. We went down to the lobby – and the night attendant made us breakfast and coffee. Only in Iowa. There we sat eating cornflakes at 3:00 in the morning and talking about how precious our times were with Eva Lorraine Brandes – affectionately known by everyone as Sis.
For 20 years or more, we would be making arrangements to travel to Iowa to celebrate Mom’s birthday on May 23rd. Last year, we gathered together to say goodbye. Her funeral was on her 95th birthday. How ironic. She was always up for a good “gotcha” like that.
So this year I will spend this time in San Diego – trying to make what had been our traditional trip into something new. At least for today.