Friday, March 24, 2006

Home Again....naturally


It has been both a rough and tender week. My Mother followed the Orthodox customs of Jewish burial and sitting shiva, she is sitting the whole week, even her Rabbi said he never hears that anymore. Needless to say, I'm very proud of her. Watching her being strong with her new wig, her hair hasn't grown in yet from all the chemo, was an amazing lesson for all. We had three cousins read eulogies, two cousins in Israel emailed a eulogy and my sister-in-law read it, my brother read one and four of Dad's friends read a beautiful tribute. At the cemetery, my 20-year old nephew read his tribute. I tell you...there is absolutely nothing in this world like good friends and family....May we all be blessed with that!!

As for running, I ran 9-miles one day and 3-miles another day while sitting shiva. Luckily, Mom was okay with that as those sitting shiva aren't supposed to do any kind of work. I came home and went to the gym that night to hit the bike for 50-minutes. So I feel a bit better after all those incredible deli trays and deli cookies that were delivered to Mom's house. Again, I feel blessed to have my health and a wonderful support group. That's all that really matters in life. And I thank you all for your comments--every wish went straight to my heart. Thanks again!

The picture is my sister, Mara, who lives in NJ, me from Chicago, and my brother, Joey, who lives in North Carolina. Life goes on.

11 comments:

Todd said...

Welcome back. Well we all missed you. I know I was very sad you were gone. I have not seen you in 2 weeks. I am going through withdrawl.

angie's pink fuzzy said...

sounds like a good week of grieving. (yeah, that sounds weird, but I hope you know what I mean!)

Haight said...

Anee ohev otakh ;)

Reen said...

Welcome home - I'm glad things went well! I thought of you often! See you in the morning!

*jeanne* said...

"Death is not extinguishing the light;
it is putting out the lamp because dawn has come."

- Rabindranath Tagore

I'm glad my blog made you smile. Welcome home.

*jeanne*

Sheila said...

Lora, I have been away from other's blogs for awhile due to my own family issues, so I am just now reading about your father.

May you be blessed in your heart and comforted in your soul.

Sheila said...

Lora, I have been away from other's blogs for awhile due to my own family issues, so I am just now reading about your father.

May you be blessed in your heart and comforted in your soul.

Brooklyn said...

I've said it before and I'll say it again, since I'm Jewish myself: Running is NOT work! It is PLAY, ENTERTAINMENT, and HEALTH MAINTENACE, no different in the eyes of the lord than reading a book or taking your pills. It is a joyous celebration of life. Sure, you sweat, but you sweat lying in bed and sleeping, too, is that work?

If I were all-powerful, I would make exercise a required part of sitting shiva, as it clears the mind and helps bring peace to the bereaved.

well, anyway, just one man's opiniong. Props to your man, and to you.

robtherunner said...

Glad to have you back. Wonderful picture.

Black Knight said...

Wonderful family. Welcome back. Now your dad is running in a better place.

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