Saturday, June 12, 2010

The slacker report

Hi all,

My deep apologies for not having kept up with my commitment to this group. My mom died at the end of March and I find that it totally knocked the wind out of me. I knew it was coming, and I'd been making the 120 mile trip to see her every three weeks, until her assisted living facility called me and told me it was time to come right away. I was there for a week and a half while she slept and finally passed away. She was a creative, intelligent, funny lady and I miss her all the time. It's funny how sometimes the most complicated relationships are the best.

Anyway, I've been trying to get my creativity back to the surface but it's just out to lunch right now. I have another family crisis brewing, my son coming home from college for the summer, and I just can't catch up or keep up. I'd love to participate next year, but for now I'm going to take care of myself and my family and let myself heal. I still look at your work with admiration and awe. Stay well and happy, everyone, and even though it's cliche, hug everybody you love now, while you still can. I'll see you all next year.



Cyndi L said...

We look forward to seeing you the next time around, Barb! Please don't consider yourself a've got plenty of creative things to do, they just involve a different area of life right now. Blessings on you and your family.


Karen L. Cohen said...

Don't worry about a thing - right now you need to take the time for you and your family. I had a similar experience when my mother was ill and, in terms of missing her... i still miss my mother all the time and she died over 20 years ago. It's very hard losing a mother. My sympathies are with you.

I look forward to seeing you with us next year. Take care and heal.

Carol- Beads and Birds said...

Don't worry, Barb. Life is what it is and priorities change. Its a stressful time for you, and you should not stress about this. Please stop by here once in a while to let us know how you are doing.

Magpie Sue said...

You are wise to recognize that your priorities have changed for the time being. Hopefully you'll be able to find other ways to keep your spirit alive while you're away from the BJP.

Penny said...

Your path has just veered off a little bit - and of course you must follow it. We'll be out here cheering you on. Sometimes when our journey changes it ends up right where it should be.