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Archive for February, 2010

Now for some Happy News

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on February 21, 2010

My sister’s grand-daughter, my great-niece, Justina is 25 weeks pregnant and I have some pictures of her baby bump. Here is the latest…

Justina at 25 weeks but who's counting?

I’ve lost count of how many great nieces and nephews I have – well, they are all “GREAT” but I just don’t know how many there are. I think my next project may have to be completing that family tree I started decades ago. Or maybe this would be a good project for Justina since she is the one who complies and updates the family contact list. What do you say, Justina, in your free time maybe?

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Too Much Sadness

Posted by Anne Marie Serrano on February 20, 2010

I don’t like to add sad or upsetting items in my blog but I have been so disturbed by recent events that I thought I should probably write about them. In the past three weeks I have learned of the deaths of three people I have known.

A few weeks ago I was reading a novel by an Australian author about a guy who surfs. It got me thinking about my old boyfriend, Mark. He loved to surf. One morning I was listening to an oldies station on the radio and they played a song that again triggered my memories of him. So I googled his name to see if had a Facebook or a blog. All I found was an obituary from 2005. Of course obits don’t say anything about cause of death and he was still to young to have died of “natural causes”.¬† After spending a day trying to track down his brothers I was able to talk with his ex-wife, Karen.

There are some differences of opinion about what happened but it seems he died of an overdose of pain pills and possibly alcohol. For those of you who knew Mark please write and I will tell you more. It was disturbing because it happened almost 5 years ago and although I haven’t spoken to Mark in over 17 years it still is weird to imagine that towards the end of his life he wasn’t the same life-loving young man I knew.

The second loss was my good friend Judy’s mother death. For those of you who have been reading about our Australian Adventure from the start may remember we visited Judy’s parents on our stop in LA before flying to Sydney. Jane was frail at that time so I suspected she was ill. I am so glad we had a chance to visit with her and that I had a chance to tell her and AD how much they meant to me. They treated me like a second daughter. Death is sad even when it inevitable.

But tragic death is the hardest of all. Last weekend my newest friend, Mary Beth was “allegedly” murdered by her husband and he is in the hospital in critical condition from an apparent suicide attempt. I introduced you to the couple last summer after I met her during my garage sales. This has been such a shock for this small community. I have talked with mutual friends and no one had any suspicion that there was any trouble with their relationship. They have been together since high school or early college – 30 years. They were trying to adopt an baby.

We may never know why this has happened. Her husband shot her and then tried to commit suicide by carbon monoxide poisoning. Fergus said that even if he lives he will probably be brain damaged.

When I think¬† of the lovely dinners we had a their house, their four beautiful dogs, their fluffy white cat, Mary Beth’s vivaciousness, it brings tears. How could something like this happen? There were no signs.

So there you have it. Too much sadness for one month.

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