Reaching Out To Comfort

1:00:00 AM Brooke Neal 12 Comments

I've spent the last two weeks in the USA--I came to say hello to my daughter for her 18th birthday, but this week I had the opportunity to say good bye to my husband's step mother.   It's a very strange thing to know some one is at the end of their life, to know this is the last time you will be in the familiar surroundings of their home, and your last conversation.  What do you say? Do you ask for advice or any last words of wisdom?   We are on different planets religiously...I am and she's not, so there would be no talk of afterlife and the hope of things to come or reunions on the other side.

As it turned out, we had a lovely visit. Really, we just chatted like normal, pretending this wasn't the end. She even asked what she could get me to eat, despite the fact she can't get out of bed.  We shared a final tender moment when I reassured her that she had made a significant impact in the life of my husband (from the unenviable position of step mom) and she  and she did pass on one last bit of advise..."GET THE F*** OUT OF SAUDI ARABIA."  
This photo was taken on the plane ride to the USA. The little boy in front of me was upset about something and when I reached my hand to caress his, he took mine and held it. 
Onedad3girls

12 comments:

  1. It must've been a difficult to have done, saying goodbye to someone who had made an impact in your life in any way. What a sweet shot from the plane, it's lovely that he held on to your hand for support.

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  2. What a beautiful photo, and a beautiful post to read

    Thank you for linking up

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  3. How lovely that you were able to say goodbye to your MIL and comfort an unknown boy. I think your MIL's advice is probably rather good advice, personally!

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  4. That is so sweet. A moment in time...

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  5. What a lovely moment with the young boy, and a treasured memory with your step mum. It sounds perfect for both of you.

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  6. Sometimes words just aren't sufficient, yet a touch is. And please be careful over there in Saudi Arabia!

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  7. A small gesture often works wonders !
    Nice sot !
    Thank you for visiting my blog "Black and White."
    Greetings from Germany
    Jutta

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  8. Have you felt at all like you are in a dangerous situation. When go to Germany this summer, I hope to make it to Turkey. I want to go to this place in the Northeast where you can take a sunrise hot air balloon ride and see these caves where people used ot dwell. I am wondering though if we will be safe. The adventurer in me says it will be OK, but after this weekend I am not so sure anymore!

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  9. This is a very poignant image.

    Mollyxxx

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  10. That is a beautiful image. A moment to remember, and I am glad that you had a final visit with your MIL x

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  11. such a beautiful and poignant shot. oh how sad to say goodbye to a loved one. she sounds funny:)

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