My first Featured Blogger of this brand spankin’ new year is, appropriately, Donna Cameron of A Year of Living Kindly.
I’ve been a Donna fan for some time now, having discovered her deeply engaging blog early on, before she published her same-titled book, or realized her “year” had turned into a permanent way of life. One that many others have adopted, as well. Can there be too many?Maybe you’ll be the next.
The outset of 2019 seems like the perfect time to start!
“To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.” (Liz Armbruster)
In the spring of 1991, my mother decided it was time to die. Eight years of thrice-weekly kidney dialysis had taken its toll. Her frailty was compounded by more than a half-century of cigarette smoking and alcohol excess. The final straw was her doctor’s warning that she could no longer live alone. He advised a care facility or moving in with one of her daughters.
Neither option was palatable. Despite being a card-carrying member of the demographic, she frequently said that she couldn’t stand old people. And just as frequently, she vowed never to be a burden to her children. With memories of our somewhat bewildering childhood, we didn’t argue the point. She refused any further dialysis.
Life held little appeal for her. Death was something she had looked forward to almost since the day her beloved…
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