Slow Comeback



It has been a couple of months now.

We held a beautiful memorial service – truly a celebration of my sister’s life – and continue to draw strength and comfort from our memories and the stories shared by Kathleen’s friends and colleagues.

Anyone who has experienced the loss of a loved one knows that healing takes time.  There is no blueprint, no road map. We each can only be asked to do what we can do. And we must be kind and gentle with ourselves.

That being said, I am looking forward to slowly dipping my toe back into the world of blogging.

It will be tricky to navigate at first. How can I possibly write about fun and frivolous topics when I am still so sad? How can I “celebrate life’s gifts” when I don’t much feel like celebrating?

I’ll probably start with lots of wine related posts – a safe topic, right?  Look for recommendations of wines from Santa Barbara, the story of when “award winning” Florida wines met a California wine snob aficionado and the reveal of our completed wine cellar.

I will also be revealing a new look, slightly tweaked in a project started last winter.

All of this as I take one step at a time into the new normal.

My sister – the gal who taught my children that gummy worms when licked and thrown out the window of a moving car will, in fact, stick to a stop sign – would want all of us to carry on the spirit of joie de vivre with which she lived every day of her life.

In Kathleen’s honor and in her memory, I will try to do just that.

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  1. katie clooney says:

    Mo, so glad you are back. Grief is such a tricky thing. After my Mom died it took me 6 months before I felt like my self again. Hope you have a peaceful weekend!

  2. Welcome back dear Mo. Oh you made me smile with the shared gem of those licked gummy worms sticking to stop signs. Your sister sounds like she was ever so lovely and full of life. Sending you love and light to help you on your journey into the new normal.
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  3. Mo you have been missed. You are so right, there is no chart or course in Grief 101. I think the most painful is when something comes out of no where and hits you ‘side the head. Much as we try, life is never the same nor are we. A small part of us dies when our loved one passed.
    Look forward to visiting with you whenever you are ready.

  4. How wonderful to see your name in my blogreader today! You’ve been missed.
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  5. I think about you and your family everyday. How is Karen doing? Navigate as best you can and when you can’t don’t try. Enjoy Steve’s boys and your grandsons. We will all have a drink in Kath’s memory in October. Love to all of you.

  6. It’s so nice to see you back in your space, Mo. I’ve missed you! Dip your toes back in as slowly as you need to, and know that we’ll be here whenever and however you are ready. Your gummy worm reference made me smile; I will not be sharing that information with my children 🙂
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    • Thanks for your kind words, Dana. I’ve missed you, too.
      Trust me, I’m waaaay too much of a rule follower to encourage the gummy worm thing. But every kid should have a fun aunt to teach them this kind of stuff, right?
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  7. Welcome back. So glad you had lots of time to spend with your family after your loss. Wine posts are always a good idea 🙂
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  8. I am so licking gummy worms and throwing them at stop signs. Welcome back my friend. I am missed you.
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  9. Welcome back – I look forward to seeing your posts again, but at your own pace 🙂

  10. mo, i’ve so missed you. big virtual hug coming at you from san francisco. wishing you peace and comfort during this difficult time. no need to write about light-hearted topics. blog from the heart; we’re here for you.


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