with son John, daughter MaryAnn, and the late Clifford Helt,
Burlington IA farmer
who himself took 10 days without food and water
before he passed
A pickup with its battery on ground
seen at the Dousman WI Firkus farm sold by me as a realtor, once
John's mother Margaret takes a motorcycle ride in 2008 with a friend
Margaret does a stint at a local food pantry
Margaret Helt today lies dieing hard
in a Burlington health facility
with her family at her side,
if she goes......
This report from John this morning:
I wish I could report that Mom crossed over in the night, but....
Yesterday morning she rallied a bit: puckering her lips for a kiss, opening one eye a bit, and moving her jaw as we sang hymns and prayed. I thought that might be the final push to get to the other side of that apparently deep and wide river. But it wasn't.
Cindy's father lasted 10 days after food and drink, so we know this could potentially go another two days. Every day is another notch lower, but she has not yet hit bottom.
Everything is set and we are just waiting. We have said and sung and prayed everything we know.
If her death does not occur by 3 this afternoon, we call Anni in Boston and tell her not to get on the plane, and her brothers not to rush here tomorrow, and we move our plans into the future.
The one good thing is that Mom is not suffering.
As I reassured son Aaron last night, it is OK to pray for death at this point.
(John will eventually do his mother's funeral.)
From The Writers Almanac, Garrison Keillor
Jan. 27, 2012
Don't Look Back
This is not
for the neckless.
swivel their heads
on their fry;
no one expects
this. They are
on the odds
the exact and modest
number or goslings
who if she
and if she does not