Wednesday, February 23, 2011

DAY 142 - My Mom

Me, sister Tori, brother Kap & Mom
She died today
She waited patiently through years of dementia
But today she was ready

She was more than a good woman
She was my Mom
She loved me
And I loved her

She trusted me
knew that I could live on my own at 16

She did not track every step of my life
She was living a full and interesting life of her own

At 48 I studied Functional Medicine
while staying at her home on Fox Island
each night, late, smiling faced,
she awaited my return
eager to hear what I had learned
hungry for my excitement
a mother still

there is more
so much more
but it is best expressed
by the fact that I am not filled with sorrow
I am filled with gratitude
both for knowing
and for being born to my Mom


Kay Caldwell Kelly
Born 9/28/30 - Died 2/23/11


  1. Thanks Kris for posting this. I'll never forget your mom.

  2. Kris,
    So sorry to hear the news. I know it's tough to lose a parent (you know what I mean). I applaud you and Joanne for your love and support for your Mom in her later years. That's gotta be tough. Hopefully she is now in a better place and all can move on.

  3. My condolences to you and your family, Kris. Your Mom had the most engaging eyes and beautiful smile. I know she will be missed.

    Love, Donna

  4. Susan, Warren, and Donna,
    My thanks to each of you!