Happy New Year!
It's been several months since I've posted anything at all. After spending most of September in bouts of crying about not having been to go be with my dying mother since her battle with cancer began, we decided that it was time for me to go see her as soon as I could. I was looking at my schedule to see how to juggle my classes to get there for Christmas, but my husband said Christmas might be too late. So, I juggled my classes and squeezed in a ten-day visit in October. Her cancer had entered her brain in the latter part of August, and she began living with my first younger sister's family. Although she's not suffering any pain, her life is basically walking to and fro from her bed in the bedroom nearest the livingroom to her chair in the livingroom. We celebrated her 76th birthday on 10-10-10, and I saw relatives that I had not seen since I've come to Japan. (One of my aunts was shocked to see me drinking beer. She still pictured me as an under-age teen, I guess!)
Mom is still about the same as she was when I saw her in October, so I guess I could have gone for Christmas, but... Hindsight is 50/50 they say. And they are right.
After returning from seeing Mom, I never got around to blogging again because I had to catch up with my regular everyday vocations! I'm still not caught up, but wanted to come up for air to let you know that I am still around and hope to be a better blogger in 2011.