Saturday, June 5, 2010

Unexpected

Proverbs 27:1 says, "Boast not thyself of tomorrow; for thou knowest not what a day may bring forth."

Truer words were never spoken!!



Friday morning, May 28th, around 10 am, we noticed that Mum Mum's blinds were still closed.  When she would get up and get moving around, she would open her blinds as a sign to the children that it was OK for them to bring her the newspaper.  Each morning they would troop over there and deposit the paper along with a few rays of sunshine for their grandmother's day, and pick up a piece (or two) of candy from her candy dish and come back home to complete their morning chores and start school.  It was their shared morning ritual.

I'd been watching for the blinds to open with growing concern and had decided to go over and check on her, but 18-year-old Josh told me he wanted to go.  He grabbed the key to her cottage off the hook, and went over to see if she were feeling OK.

In a few moments, I saw Josh running back toward our house, and my heart sank.  I instictively knew it was not good news.  If she had fallen and he needed help getting her up, he would have called or texted me on my cell phone . . .

As Josh breathlessly gave his assessment, I ran out the door of my house and rushed into Mum Mum's little cottage, where I discovered her sitting in her chair, where she always sat, with her head back and her mouth wide open, apparently asleep -- a frequent sight as she had gotten older and more frail, and yet, she appeared to be in a much deeper sleep this time.  I touched her arm, which felt cool, I shook her shoulder and called urgently, "Mum Mum, wake up!!"  I checked for a pulse, and found none (which was not particularly conclusive, since I usually can't find my own!).   Josh was already on the phone with 911 and I pulled my cell phone out of my pocket and frantically called my husband.  Through tears, I had to say the words no one wants to say.

The rest of the morning was a blur, as phone calls were made, the news shared, hugs and tears exchanged, and official reports given. Our driveway was filled with emergency vehicles, and Mum Mum's quiet little cottage invaded by an army of emergency responders.

Almost immediately, the community began to wrap their arms around us.  Food for lunch, drinks, paper products, and plants began arriving at the door.  The phone began ringing.  Folks came by to offer their condolances.  Two pastors came to pray with us.  Life seemed to stand still.


And yet, life goes on.  Children had to be cared for and comforted. Meals eaten and cleaned up.  The Washer and Dryer loaded and unloaded. Decisions had to be made.

Lord willing, I plan to share more about the days that followed.

10 comments:

Samantha said...

Oh! I am so sorry for your loss. Prayers for your family during this time of grief.

AntfarmMom said...

I am so sorry for your families loss. May our God wrap His loving hands around all of you at this time and comfort you like only He can. You all are in my prayers.

Hugs tightly to all of you today.
Christi

Pam said...

I am so sorry.

Rebecca's Refining said...

So Sorry about Mum Mum! I was disappointed it wouldnt work out for us to attend the funeral service, but I extend to you a "big bearhug"! (Of course, it may have to wait two weeks if you want it in person!) We will be thinking of your family and praying for you! Love you!!!

Christie said...

We are keeping you all in our prayers. Let us know if you need anything!

Noel said...

You're blog seemed so quiet this week - I'm so sorry. May God's peace be with you and your family.

Amy @ Cheeky Cocoa Beans said...

I'm so sorry! Praying for God's peace to cover you and your entire family during this time.

mommyx12 said...

I'm so sorry for your loss. It is difficult steps we are asked to take in situations like this. I pray the Lord is strengthening your family through this. I want to thank you for your prayers on behalf of Baby Vance. I know the Lord has heard and has blessed us tremendously. Take care and have a great weekend.

Michelle (She Looketh Well) said...

Oh Elizabeth, for some reason your feeds were not coming through, I just now got this post! I am so sorry! I know it probably wasn't too surprising, but it still is a shocker and hurts. I am praying for you all. I love you!!!

Jules said...

I've been away and only just read this so I'm late but I am so sorry for your loss. What a shock for you all. I'll br praying for you and your family during this time. Blessings, Jules

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