Sunday, September 01, 2013
My Mom passed this morning after suffering a heart attack on July 9. She died peacefully at home with my Dad and Sister at her side. She had been in Hospice care at home for the last several weeks, we saw her decline and said our goodbyes every time we saw her. We last saw her last night and new the end would be soon.
I am, of course, sad she has gone, but happy she was my Mom. She taught me so much throughout my life. I have a very good life and so much of my success I can attribute to my parents nurturing and lessons they taught me through the years. My first fitness related memory I have is laying on the couch watching Jack LaLane and his dogs, and yes, I understand the irony of watching Jack show us exercises while laying on the couch! She was big on long walks when we were out camping, some of which seemed like steep trails instead of the gentle walks she thought they would be. I figure this must be where I got my love of hiking and why I see steep trails as humorous parts of a hike!
So thanks Mom for preparing me for life, and be assured you prepared me for this day you knew must come. I will always miss you, and will always smile and think about what became known as "gentle alpine strolls" when a trail gets ridiculously tough!