My Scrambled Nest

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

What an honor it is today to wish my mother, Joy, aka “Snowy Owl Woman,” a happy 78th birthday. Last November, when doctors diagnosed her with sepsis, gave her two or three days to live and whisked her into her hospice, my three siblings and I never could have imagined that we’d be buying birthday …

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Daughter to mom (at the mall): “Seriously? You’re buying ANOTHER pair of clogs?” Mom: “Yes, I am. They’re comfortable. And I always buy a new pair of shoes before school starts.” Daughter: “But you’re not going back to school. I am. We’re supposed to be shopping for ME.” Mom: “And we are, m’dear. But I …

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Has it really been 34 years since I pulled my favorite silky pink shirt off the hanger, took it into Earl Scheib Auto Painting in downtown Salt Lake City (at a time when a car could be transformed for $99) and handed it to a perplexed painter with flecks of blue and white in his …

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