Saturday, July 29, 2017

Welcome Back, Ethel.

Ethel, Sept. 2013


My mother's ashes were returned to my brother's house in our hometown in Iowa last week. Her body spent well over a year at the University of Iowa Medical School, and this past several months I was longing for the end of it all--the end of the end, when we'll put her ashes into the ground next to my father. 

When the mail carrier brought the box to the door, she told my sister-in-law that she'd been traveling around all day "with this nice lady." I think my mom would have enjoyed a day riding around with the mail carrier a lot. She loved to just take things in. She could look out the window or sit on the patio for hours. She might report on the hummingbirds, which boats had been cleaned, and even opine on why a neighbor might have had to sleep on his boat the previous night.

My mom and I, watching the pelicans dive between the sea lions, Feb., 2013

I'm glad she's back where she wanted to be. Of course, really, she'd probably prefer being here among the living, sipping a martini.

8 comments:

A said...

What sweet pictures. And kind of a sweet mail carrier, too.

Joanne said...

Such a sweet, heart-warming post💕

Tamberly Alger said...

I'm so glad she back. Miss her.

Elle Clancy said...

This was lovely.

Ms. Moon said...

Precious! What a beautiful post.

37paddington said...

Welcome home, Ethel.

S Kay Murphy said...

Oh my goodness... I love this in so many ways. And the photo!

Linda Wesenberg said...

So happy she can be laid to rest with Uncle Mac. Welcome home Aunt Ethel. Love you!!