Monday, February 05, 2007

Kathy, chapter 2

I worried about Kathy, but she urged us to go on with our lives. My students wrote stories for her in French -- she was an accomplished linguist and also adored kids. She sent a soap bubble machine and Hershey's kisses back to them. Delight.

One day in October, I was in Cincinnati teaching a French II class. The secretary came to my door with tears in her eyes. "You have a phone call down in the office," she said.

My best student stood up to take over the class. The secretary was carrying a box of tissues and she supported me as we walked toward the office. I picked up the phone. It was my sister Susan, who was in Boston helping Kathy. "You need to come now," she said, her voice telling all. My legs collapsed, and several teachers helped me to stand up. That evening I flew to Boston where my parents and siblings were at her bedside.


Blogger Ginnie said...

Carolyn, I thought I knew about scleroderma but had no idea that it could be fatal. I am so sorry for your loss but I am glad that you can write and paint about it. I agree that the blogging, for some unknown reason, seems to free us and allow our creativity to flourish. sending hugs, Ginnie

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Blogger Sacred Suzie said...

Oh Caroline, how you bring tears to my eyes with your story. I am so honoured you are sharing such a deeply personal and emotional story with us. You're doing just fine. Keep breathing. Keep honouring her and let us honour you.

7:54 PM  
Blogger Laurie said...

Your story and illustrations are so touching Caroline. You amaze me.

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Blogger Caroline said...

Your pictures and words are very poignant.

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Blogger Pam said...

This is such a poignant, sad story but I'm glad you can share it with us.

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Blogger Thailand Gal said...

This is an amazing series of posts. I also knew very little about scleroderma. I'm learning.



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Blogger LisaOceandreamer said...

oh my, I wasn't sure I could read about this after all....things being so new and fresh...but there is such a poignancy to this that I had to continue the chapters. It's the hardest thing ever to know someone you love is leaving....

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