Thursday, January 27, 2011


Esra and Estelle had a chance to see many of their cousins this Christmas season.  It wasn't the best of circumstances, as all of Sam's siblings came to Arizona to see their mom and dad, most especially their dad, Norm, who was at the end of a two-year struggle with brain cancer. Each of us served in different ways.  While Sam's sister served her parents, we helped her by watching her little one.  Both of my girls loved having their little cousin to pal around with.  Great memories.

I am actually writing this in frigid, snow-bound New York after a glorious week of memories as we said good-bye to Norm.  The last six weeks have been difficult as we adjusted to this inevitable moment when he would no longer be with us.  With all of Sam's siblings and their spouses here, we have found renewed connection and friendship.  It was wonderful to prepare for the funeral together.  Sam delivered the eulogy, and we all were able to perform some lovely music at the funeral, as well.

We have been blessed with the great support of extended family.  Especially Norm's cousins in Amagansett.  We are grateful for their love and generosity as we move through this period of mourning.

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