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My mother died this morning. 

It's now late at night in Paris.  I learned the news this afternoon.  Probably in the next couple of days, I will have more to say about this, since one of my ways of coping with grief is to analyze and articulate my own myriad reactions.  For the moment, I'll just say that she died relatively peacefully, if rather unexpectedly, and that my brother and a close family friend were with her at the end.  She was a feisty little working woman who never fully recognized her own strength, resilience and force of character.  Ever since I was a teenager, I called her "Rita", or even, lovingly, "The Old Doll".  But she was my mom.

Date: 2005-07-28 11:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] gloeden.livejournal.com
If I knew you in "real" life, I'd give you my hand.
But since I don't, I'll just write that I'm very sorry for your loss.

Date: 2005-07-28 11:56 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunsmogseahorse.livejournal.com
My condolences, Paul. I'm glad she passed away peacefully. I hope your family is doing well.

Date: 2005-07-29 06:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunsmogseahorse.livejournal.com
Mothers are hard to come by.

Date: 2005-07-29 06:36 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] sunsmogseahorse.livejournal.com
Sinnabor loved that. He's all "What...like lavender will help her break throught the glass ceiling?"

Where did your mother live?

Date: 2005-07-29 12:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] tangentier.livejournal.com
I'm very sorry to hear about your loss. You have my sympathies.

Date: 2005-07-29 01:32 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] meriness.livejournal.com
That's very surprising for me so I'm certain it must have been ten times more for you. I'm saddened for you, Paul. I can't even write coherently.

Date: 2005-07-29 02:21 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aa-bronson.livejournal.com
Such odd timing, just as you were going home. I send you much strength and love.

Date: 2005-07-29 07:20 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] aa-bronson.livejournal.com
Yes, that sounds right.

Date: 2005-07-29 02:24 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] guysterrules.livejournal.com
Rita is a beautiful woman. My prayers are with you during what is, I'm certain, a very difficult time.

Date: 2005-07-29 03:10 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] biaggi.livejournal.com
So so sorry. Let people do all the things they want to for you.

Date: 2005-07-29 03:26 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ruralrob.livejournal.com
I'm so sorry to hear that. Our sympathies go out to you from all of us here.

Date: 2005-07-29 08:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] raneem.livejournal.com
Paul, I'm so very sorry. I wish you lots of strength and peace.

Date: 2005-07-29 01:25 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] shawnsyms.livejournal.com
I'm very sorry, dear Paul.

Date: 2005-07-29 01:28 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] leatherguychi.livejournal.com
Dear Paul,

My condolences to you and your family.

I will say a prayer for you and your family.

Abrazos.

Jorge

Date: 2005-07-29 03:12 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ezurbub.livejournal.com
OMG. So sorry to hear about your mom. Hang in there.

Date: 2005-07-29 04:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] ink-ling.livejournal.com
::long hug::
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Date: 2005-07-30 03:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] me-good-i-hope.livejournal.com
I really wish I knew what to say to make you feel better. Alina and Nik sends their condolences also.

Date: 2005-07-31 02:04 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] chrisglass.livejournal.com
A moment of silence from afar for you and your family.

On death

Date: 2005-08-01 09:35 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Paul,
I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. I send to you only good thoughts, prayers of happiness and remembrance, and a big hug.

On death

Date: 2005-08-01 09:36 pm (UTC)
From: (Anonymous)
Paul,
I'm so sorry to hear of your family's loss. I send to you only good thoughts, prayers of happiness and remembrance, and a big hug.

Susann

Date: 2005-08-02 09:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] mr-flabulous.livejournal.com
i'm so sorry for your loss.
xo

Date: 2005-08-05 08:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] thiago03526.livejournal.com
i as well send my apologies paul, regretful way to end your vacation, i'm sorry.
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