Daily Archives: March 3, 2009

I think it pisses God off if you walk by the color purple in a field somewhere and don’t notice it. – Shug

Many years ago, mom and I had a conversation about ‘the other side’. We wondered if there would be a way to, when one of us died, let the person left behind know that they had gotten to the other side OK. We decided that whoever passed first would leave something purple in a prominent place where the survivor could find it, and be comforted.

Yesterday, I helped Chief euthanize his cat of 17 years. She was an awesome cat and I was honored to be able be there for him through this. It kinda helped me get out of my head about mom’s passing. It didn’t hit me until we were in the doctor office, waiting for the nurse, that the towel that he had wrapped his cat in was purple. I could almost see mom smiling and winking at me through that.

When I told my brother about this, later that night, he said, “Oh my god. While you’ve been telling me this, I’m noticing that there’s a purple card on the table in front of me.”

You rock, mom. It is awesome being your daughter. I miss you, but I’m happy that you’re finally able to dance again now.

Today, my mother passed beyond the veil. She had been bedridden for over a year, and was frustrated that she would likely never walk again. Mary Patricia Morehouse was a vibrant, wonderful soul who took people into her heart and helped them to find a friend – family, that they might not have had, or had been missing. She was one of the most generous people I ever knew. In the last 15 to 20 years, she had become more like a sibling, and we shared the most wonderful talks on politics, religion and damn near anything else we set our minds to talking about. I am grateful that she was able to meet the boyfriend several times before leaving this world.

I celebrate the fact that she’s now with the rest of her family and friends who have passed, and that she can now run and jump and dance without illness or pain.

Maferefun y Modupue Eggun Y Oya YANSA.

May those of you who are restless find comfort and love. Thank you to everybody who has shared their kind words with me. They have helped more than you know.