Dear Lazlo,I’m sorry to have let so much time pass before answering your E-mail.I liked your story very much (She’s talking about the Juniper Tice story http://lazlofiles.com/2012/07/19/juniper-tice-and-the-shooting-star/ ).And it will be good for some nice girl to do the art work for it.In the meanwhile , we’ve had the terrible news about (your mother).I wanted to call you immediately but I just couldn’t do it. Sometimes you have to let these things sink in a while.Then (your grandfather’s) cancer came back to my memory and I had to live that over again.Poor Bruce and Mary to have to go through this again. They are strong people and they will handle it but it will not be easy.They plan to come to see me but will you do something for me? Don’t let them come if it’s about my old age.They have enough things to worry about . And you and your sister – how sad this is for all of us!
Dear Grandma Dottie,
No, they are coming to see you because my mother loves you very much. You’ve always been much more than a mother-in-law to her. I can’t tell you how many times she would say “When I grow up I want to be just like Dottie.”My dad said the doctors do not think she will live past a year, even with the chemo.My mom keeps saying she is sorry for getting sick again so soon.I’m so sad about this I can’t even begin to explain it except to say that I’m crying all the time for her and for my father.It just doesn’t seem right or fair at all. So please encourage them to come see you and please help them enjoy their time with you, the (my aunt and uncle) and their friends.I love you very much and you can call me ANYTIME you feel like it.– Lazlo
She called me two week later and we talked about what to get my father for his birthday. She had a stroke a week after that and died one week later.
From the hospital, she had my aunt call me. She wanted to hear me sing “Ring of Fire” for her, just like I did as a 5-year-old.
So I did it right there at work, complete with the faux Tijuana brass fills. Because, ultimately, you do whatever whenever you can for people you love.
What would she tell me now?