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Old 03-24-2014, 07:22 AM   #1
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A Very Different Kind of Life

Thought I would start a new thread, to touch base here and there (en masse )with the friends and many supporters here, many of whom I have never met, who helped me through the recent loss of my beloved husband, Doug.

Some are asking if I am planning to sell the Interstate, do I plan to continue to travel, am I still going to be on AirForums, etc.

I don't intend to leave the Forums, but am not feeling very light-hearted right now nor interested in much reading or posting. I haven't crocheted a stitch, either, since this happened two weeks ago yesterday. Not one stitch. Many of you know I am a compulsive crochet-er, just can't do it right now. I was crocheting next to him on the couch when this happened.

I have no intention of selling the Interstate, and can see some destination traveling down the opposed to the wandering Doug and I did together in retirement.

I have old and new friends I will still want to spend time with, people I want to meet, and rallies I don't intend to miss until I am dead myself or simply too old to do it. Favorite places such as Edisto Beach to return to (buried a shell from there with Doug), as well. See myself going back to favorite places and spending time there.

My grandchildren want to continue to go and do in the Interstate, as well, and we are planning to follow thru with the week-long trip to Wisconsin that we already had planned for this summer. We've talked about it, and plan to make it happen. They are big enough to be a great help, and really wonderful children.

My daughter and her husband are still here from NYC, they going back today. Death certificates should be here tomorrow, and there is still a lot to do.

So, I'm here, feeling rather self-centered, and would love to have any who wish to drop in on this thread to say howdy.

I'll be back here once or twice a day.

XO Maggie

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Old 03-24-2014, 07:35 AM   #2
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Good to hear from you, and good to hear that you're doing as well as can be expected. I kind of regret that when you guys stopped in at Middendorf's that one time I had other plans and couldn't make it. Didn't know then that I'd never again have the chance to meet both of you; hopefully I'll still have the chance to meet you, at least.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:02 AM   #3
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I wish I had words of wisdom for you, Maggie, but most anything I might say would sound trite, to say the least. You have a right to feel self-centered, I think. Your forum family will continue to be here for you!

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:06 AM   #4
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Howdy.... you are loved.

Take as much time as you need to grieve, but plan to attend a rally sometime this summer. If you're not quite up to going to one, just find a venue that will take a motley crew, and I'll be part of the caravan that brings a rally to a park near you.

Crocheting - throw away the piece you were working on. Start crocheting again when you find a project that will bring someone else joy - "going home" blankets for the nearest NICU unit might feel right.

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Old 03-24-2014, 08:18 AM   #5
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Maggie please remember that we're all praying for you as you transition to this new and different life. When the funeral is over, and all the people are gone, there are some lonely and sad times to get through. Cry as much as you need to. Learn to let go of the sadness and hang on to good memories. Take care of yourself.
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Old 03-24-2014, 08:33 AM   #6
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Yup, it really isn't the's the journey. So, you will find the crochet compulsion will return, as well as the wanderlust to go see and do. At first, the memories flood back with discomfort, then nostalgia, and then (believe it or not), you start to smile when you remember silly things. The best part is that you have FAMILY available. And all of us. Not shabby at all!
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:04 AM   #7
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I'm thinking it's ok to be self centered for a while.

Thinking of you.
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Old 03-24-2014, 11:36 AM   #8
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Maggie, we are all thinking of you. The travel with the grandchildren sound wonderful. We are just heartbroken for you about Doug.
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Old 03-24-2014, 12:08 PM   #9
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Maggie, you are on the right track and the right direction. You are providing the way down a path many of us will travel in the future, you are doing it with grace and dignity and I thank you for that.

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Old 03-24-2014, 01:18 PM   #10
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Maggie, a little self centered stuff is just fine for now. Let the world take care of itself.

It's been just over two years now since my Pam passed away. Grief is a very powerful thing and it still makes an appearance for me every once in awhile, but I'm mostly ok now. It took me a long time to really care about anything again and I spent a lot of time just going through the motions of life. I don't think there's much control over the grieving process--it is in control. Early on it was hard to enjoy the cool places I went with my little Airstream as I just wished so much that Pam could be there to share it. Special places do finally win out, though. Things get better again.

Please give yourself the time you need to get through this.

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Old 03-24-2014, 01:50 PM   #11
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Hi Maggie,

We have never met, nor have we ever spoken. I do spend some time here in the forums however, and recently learned of your loss. While I have no words to express my feelings about how you must feel, I felt compelled to let you know that you and yours have been in my thoughts and prayers daily over the past couple of weeks.

The support that this "AirFamily" has shown for you and Doug makes me feel grateful for being here. Reminds me how blessed I am to be given the opportunity to feel the freedom that you and Doug shared on the road. I look forward to the memories that I will create with my family and friends. After all, the rest is just stuff and I would trade it all for the time spent with loved ones and share in all the memories that will be created.

My hope is that you hang onto each and every memory with a tight fist and one day in the future they bring a smile to your face and peace to your heart.

God bless.

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:09 PM   #12
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Forgot to mention that we have about $900 in donations to FaithWorks, just from the funeral and cards sent. Many other donations I've been told have been sent directly to them. Had an email from Wright Culpepper (one of the great names of all time) that they had received about $600 as of Friday.

Doug has spoiled me so. Such a jump-in-and-help guy, he ran the vacuum, dusted, took out the garbage, chopped vegetables, brought in the firewood, etc. Whatever needed to be done, he was there to help with it.

I was so used to just getting out of bed and on with my day that the bed hadn't been made since I've been home....til this morning, when I made myself go back in and take care of it.

Am signed up for and planning to attend the Moraine View rally in June, which is just 20 minutes from our house. Would have been our 5th consecutive year at that rally, and a place where I will feel very comfortable.

A new normal, as they say.

I'd rather not, but here it is.

Thanks to you all,

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Old 03-24-2014, 02:52 PM   #13
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Hi Maggie,
Thinkin' 'bout you, camping at Moraine View, laughs, sharing knitting/crochet items and cabitzing about everything else. Hoping to see you at MV this year to continue our conversations. June is several months away yet time seems to pass very quickly in these golden years. Dana(part of airtandem)
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Old 03-24-2014, 03:12 PM   #14
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This is going to be an enormous change for you so don't expect too much of yourself. One foot in front of the other and so it goes. One day at a time. Try to find something special about each day. Let it be the sunshine, a warm breeze, a smile on a little girl, your pet. Whatever you can get a moment of enjoyment from. Take a deep breath. Its ok to cry, to smile, and you will always have wonderful memories from your many years together. Remember we are all here for you.

You are a special lady and I send you a big hug.
See you in the not too distant future.


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