Bereaved Spouses

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Comment by Diane C on October 23, 2019 at 11:27am
Good luck Deborah!! So glad to hear that you took that huge step. We are the same age, but I have been working at the same place for 40 years. I love my job and I love the people. Without my interaction with most of these people I would not have made it this far. They are the most loving helpful people in the world. Not every day is a picnic, but most are. I hope you have the same experience. Best of luck to you in your new endeavor.
Comment by DJ on October 22, 2019 at 4:32pm

Way to go Deborah!

I find that when I happen to be in the company of adults, I am way more chatty than I used to be.  My wife was a talker, so I always had that interaction (she called herself my babbling brook).  I guess I miss that more than I realize.

Prayers for your new adventure. :-)

Comment by deborah peck on October 21, 2019 at 4:05pm

So I did a thing today, I went back to work for the first time in 3 years, I had quit the year before Greg passed away, I think God was making sure we got extra time before he was gone, It was great to be out again even though I am exhausted and my feet are throbbing it feels right to me, I am 63 so this was a big step for me especially without Greg cheering me on but I really needed something for just me and to interact with adults other then my children, so say some prayers for my new adventure

Comment by Mary. Jane on October 15, 2019 at 10:53am

I just got a chance to read that, Chuck..thanks you for the wonderful laugh, WITH you, not AT you. These are the stories that we pass down, or tell everyone. You made us smile...we have all seen that ominous button, and wondered what happens if we push it. Now we know! Wow! I am happy you shared your experience. 

Comment by Diane C on October 8, 2019 at 11:35am
Too funny Chuck!! So glad to hear the humor, we certainly need that on here from time to time. Poor Steve, I can see the eye rolls and hear the sighs.... Thanks for the smile and laugh!! I do hope everything works out well. Thoughts, prayers and hugs to both of you!
Comment by deborah peck on October 3, 2019 at 11:42am

Chuck that is so funny, I can just picture all the chaos going on, gave me a good laugh. Hope all the test come out good, have been thinking of you both since reading this and said some prayers

Comment by Sara Murphy on October 2, 2019 at 11:04am
Oh Chuck....thanks for the laugh. That was funny, I only wish I could have been there to see it all first hand.
I hope with all of these labs and check-ups, the result is all good
Tell "Ricky" I say hello

Love, Sara
Comment by Charles E. Nelson on October 1, 2019 at 10:01pm

Hello everybody

L'shanah tovah to our Jewish members!

I have been wanting to post for days, but Steve and I have spent the last week going from one doctor's office to another having labs and check-ups for Steve following his radiation treatments last year. Today it was him having a bone density scan.

Yesterday we returned to the rheumatologist's office so Steve could have lab work done after fasting - our visit last week we discovered that one of the elevators was being repaired, so our ride to the eighth floor included many stops with people waiting each time the doors opened to go up or down.

When we got in an empty elevator due to the early hour, just as the door was closing a FedEx delivery guy rushed toward us and Steve said "Push the hold button". I, with my usual brilliance, pushed the red emergency button which set off a call to nearby paramedics and rescue squads heard over the speaker. As we paused at every floor, more people got on hearing the voices of responders asking if anyone could reply and what was the emergency. With everybody looking at me I sheepishly admitted over the speaker that the call was a mistake and I was sorry for causing alarm- literally.

The voice said not to worry, it happens - and Steve just gave me a look that I have come to recognize well - a mix of amusement, pity, and general resignation - I call it my "Lucy, you got some 'splaining to do" look. Some of you will get that I'm sure.

Anyway, I just thought you all might get a kick out of that, knowing that even though I may not be of great help to Steve lifting and toting stuff for him, the comic relief I provide is priceless.

Marsha, Sara, Deborah, and everyone else - I want to write individual to you each and hope soon things will calm down enough to gather my thoughts - but not too much - I do have to keep in form, and am available for weddings and bar mitzvahs for a small fee and travel expenses.

Love to all and everyone be well


Comment by Sara Murphy on September 30, 2019 at 9:11am
Deb....I too believe that was Greg letting you know he was there. It's nice that he hung out with you for a bit.
Comment by Marsha H on September 29, 2019 at 4:16am

Dear Deborah P ...  I believe it was Greg and what a wonderful experience you had.  My husband Ernie loved Robins and often when I take the dogs for a walk on the dyke a Robin will fly down and not even frightened of the dogs when it lands on the pathway.  It's as if the dogs know too.  So happy you experienced what you did.


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