The lack of posts is due to a bit of soul - icing news. My dear mother-in-law, Betsy Kahl, passed away last weekend. It was completely unexpected - she was reading in bed and apparently just fell back and her neighbors found her after a day and a half. This was during the first big snowstorm in Feb.in the mid-Atlantic, and after having seen her once Saturday afternoon, no one saw her for a day and she did not answer her calls. This would not have been so odd if there had not been 3 feet of now on the ground.
We are all still coming to grips with this great loss. I keep thinking about little things I will miss - sitting around the breakfast table with all the adults reading different sections of the paper, or talking far into the night about theatre, politics or other things - rarely gossip or small things. She was very well read - as a matter of fact, she was reading the copy of Eat, Pray, Love we'd given her for Christmas when she passed away.
I was very lucky to have had her in my life for over twenty years. I have heard so many women talk about the neutral or negative relationships they have with their mothers-in-law. I was blessed not only to have gotten along with my mother-in-law, but to have her as a close friend. I will miss her dearly.
Thanks to everyone who has been so considerate and helpful during this time of sadness. Every prayer and kind word means a great deal to us.
Treasure your loved ones and don't forget to call your mother.