My Scrambled Nest

An Almost-Empty Nest Journey of "Letting Go" With Laughter and Love, By Cathy Free

The change blew in with an autumn wind, scattering leaves — and our hopes — into a darkening sky. “Your mom is close to dying,” the doctor told us. “It’s time for her to be in hospice care.” On her last night at the hospital, my siblings and I moved our mother’s bed to face …

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My mother’s life has been in the balance for the past several days as my siblings and I have fluctuated between hoping for the best and preparing for the worst while she is in critical condition with a severe blood infection. There is now little hope, and telling my two children that the odds are …

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It’s been a week now since I received a text close to bedtime that every parent hopes they’ll never get from their college student. “Mom,” my son wrote last Monday night, “I’m on lockdown in my dorm because somebody has been shot and the shooter is on the run. There are cop cars everywhere outside …

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