November 15, 2019

Today would have been my father’s 93rd birthday. Tomorrow it will be nine months since he died on February 16, 2019. Nine months is a long time—long enough for a human baby to gestate and be ready for life outside the womb. And yet it is just a flash in a life that lasted over 92 years.

These nine months have been the hardest of my life—dealing with not only losing my father, but watching my mother decline as well. Life without my father has been just too hard for her to bear.

So today I’d like to dedicate my blog to them both, two people whose love for each other was the key to almost all of their happiness, two beautiful young people who grew to be loving parents, adoring grandparents and great-grandparents and aunt and uncle, and loyal and caring friends to people in their community and elsewhere.

Florence and John Cohen 1951

40 thoughts on “November 15, 2019

    • Thank you, Shirley. I love the parallel in these two photographs taken over sixty years apart—my father’s hand lovingly on my mother in the first, and her hand lovingly on him in the second.

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  1. Both photo’s are so lovely of your parents. Beautiful tribute to both of them. It is so hard to lose a parent and then watch the other decline. You and your family are in my thoughts as you navigate this difficult path ~ hugs ~ Sharon

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  2. Amy, I’m so sorry about your father’s passing and about your mother’s decline. This blog post shows your love and is a beautiful tribute to both of them. What a lovely couple! Sending you lots of hugs across the miles!

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  3. Amy, I have been so out of touch. My apologies for that. I am so sorry to hear of your father’s passing, and that your mom is struggling. These photos are so loving and beautiful. Their connection to each other shines through.

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  4. A warm hug to you, Amy, during this challenging time. The warm memories make this time bitter-sweet. May the sweetness come through even in those moments when the bitterness seems to have the upper hand. With love to you, Megen

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