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At the library (January 2008), Emma was riding a little rocking horse.

“Bye, bye,” she said.

“Where are you going?” I asked.

“I’m going to the hospital,” she responded.

I don’t know what to think.  I know she is pretending to go to the hospital because in the summer (2007), Kathy went to the hospital to visit her mom every night.

Luke and Emma used to pretend to go to the post office or the library.  Now, even though months have passed since Joyce died, Emma still pretends to go to the hospital.

I don’t know what I feel about this, but tonight it just struck me with a bout of sadness and loss.  I deeply felt the loss of the grandmother Emma and Luke (and Aaron) no longer have.

“Why are you going there?” I asked Emma through my then unidentified sadness.

“To get some water,” she replied


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After a long battle fighting complications from a cancer removal, my mother-in-law passed away September 7.

Many things are on hold as we deal with the changes in our lives. Please check back in a couple weeks when I anticipate resuming blogging at geminitao.

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