Hellos And Goodbyes

In 1974 my sister Linda was pregnant with her third child due at the beginning of summer. On June 16th of that year Tiffany Dawn was born healthy and happy on my other sister, Edweena’s birthday. Two days later my mother was visiting my grandmother or granny as we always called her. She asked, “Did Linda have her baby?” “Yes,” my mother said with great pride. “Oh wonderful, a new life has entered the world,” said Granny. The very next night she passed away.

Last week, my nephew Derrick and his wife Sally announced that they were pregnant. So much joy in our family about having a new member. Then seeing mom in the state she is in clinging for life. A crazy trade-off of life that goes on. One enters as another one exits the grand stage of life.


  1. Emese
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 1:51 am | Permalink

    Dear Dwayne, I am so sorry to hear about your Mom's illness. It was a pleasure meeting you today and I had no idea that she was in frail health. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers. Thank you. Emese Crumb

  2. Anonymous
    Posted September 9, 2010 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

    Dwayne-I have been following your blog and I am amazed at your mother's fight for life. Maybe she needs to know it's really okay to go-Your love for her is so powerful and hers for you I think she is having a terrible time letting go. I remember my mother's last days and the hardest thing I had to do was tell her it was okay to go and really mean it. I have been praying for you, your family and most of all for your mother. I am asking for God to give each of you the strength you need to get through this with the least amount of pain possible. Stranger Friend, Barbra

  3. Jay Puckett
    Posted September 16, 2010 at 9:31 pm | Permalink

    Dear Dwayne,
    Thank you for sharing your journey with your Mother on your blog…it is a time in life most people must go through…but is seldom easy. My wife and I have been through this three times in the past dozen years…my Mother and my wife's Mother and Father…the last two at Aegis. We learned what Barbra stated in the previous post…we told our parents we loved them, that we and our children are going to be fine, and that it is okay to move to the other side. Best wishes to you and your family.
    ~Jay Puckett

  4. chad
    Posted September 28, 2010 at 7:27 am | Permalink

    I too agree we do take people for granted. We tend to take everyday for granted. It's good to take a couple deep breathes , step back and get a perspective. And always, I mean Always love your mother. Never end a conversation or part on a bad note.

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