The End

Rob watering my purple honeysuckle – and a young Clyde, October 2010

It turns out my feeling of doom on Tuesday was correct – Rob’s Mother died around 9:00 Eastern that evening.

I believe Rob was with her and his siblings. He called Megan last night from the Philadelphia airport between flights, and with the background noise of the airport and the always bad cell to cell reception, he kept cutting out, so they kept the call short. As I write on this sunny San Francisco morning, Rob is (hopefully) peacefully asleep at Clayton’s Garage Mahal* and Megan has probably let my cats out to play** and is waiting to hear from Rob on when to pick him up in Santa Rosa.

I’m glad that Rob reconnected with his sisters and especially his brother, Bill, who was just a child when Rob moved to California 30 years ago. They found that they had a lot in common, and Rob stayed at Bill’s house in Ottawa. I’m sure that they will keep in closer touch now, so something good came out of something sad.

*Clayton has a former, vintage mechanic’s garage which he used to live in. It has a little kitchen, bathroom, office, and a living space with a hammock slung under a skylight. He lives in an apartment around the corner, so the Garage Mahal is his guest house and party pad.

**Megan texted me last night to let me know all the cats were safely inside. Finally: an actual use for cell phones!

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4 thoughts on “The End

  1. Please accept my condolences for the lost of Rob’s dear mother, it was a rich thing indeed that he was able to see her and most important to connect with his siblings. As I said earlier, she waited so that all would gather before leaving for her next journey, I have seen this many times before.

    In my experience, there’s always something good out of something bad in life, it has very much to do with attitude and effort on our part, I was always taught to make a positive out of a negative, I’ve done that and became stronger for it.

  2. I always think it weird when someone you don’t know passes on condolences but then, I realize it’s the right thing to do. My thoughts are with Rob and his family.

  3. So glad that Rob has been able to reconnect with his family, also that he was able to be at his mother’s bedside at her passing. Sorry, though. that he had such a rotten trip to get to Ottawa.


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