Where do I begin? How does one deal with tragedy after extreme happiness? Most people prefer the company of others. I need space to breathe. And I did a lot of birding alone in nearby locations to pull myself together. It is my coping strategy for sad moments.
If Aunt Deborah had stayed in Arizona and not come to Colorado for our wedding, would she still be alive today? My last words to her in Estes Park were, "I love you." I then gave her a big hug. When I did, I could see that she was very sick. She was frail and had lost a lot of weight over the past month. Whatever it was, it was much more serious than we had thought.
|My mother-in-law and her sister Deborah. They were inseparable and always there for one another|
In fact, she has ALWAYS been there for her family. When her 5 grandchildren's lives were in jeopardy, she, along with her sister, saved them from their "mother", Deborah's estranged daughter. As a single woman on a very tight budget, she raised FIVE kids with the help of her sister. When I first met her years ago, I had nothing but admiration for this incredible woman. She had a heart of gold. The best kind of person one could ever know.
|Female American Wigeon|
|At at birthday party years ago, Deborah lights the candles for one of the many birthday parties.|
|Reid park near my home|
|Agua Caliente Park|
It's a complicated thing processing true happiness and then extreme sadness. But that's life, isn't it? It's the journey we all have to make.
|near the San Pedro River, Sierra Vista|
|Here is a photo of Deborah's family. When I first met Micheal, they were all little kids. Today most of them have grown up and one is married! Her legacy will live on within each of these kids.|