Just Like Her

Josh told me something last night about his mom that made us both laugh. She said that she wanted to be re-incarnated as a turtle. I thought it was so like her to say something like that.

Hearing the buses drive through the complex chokes me up. Kathy drove a bus for the Jackson country school district. One of her routes is in-town kindergarteners, for half-day kindergarten. I wonder how they’re going to tell the kids that she’s gone. Are they just going to say “she’s no longer driving” and send a notice home with the kids, or something else? I’ve always wondered about that.

Kathy is definitely going to be missed. She’s missed already. Josh is in Holton right now, with plans to help his dad plan his mom’s memorial service. She’s not going to have a funeral, since she’s going to be cremated, but that’s all that’s really sure. They don’t know what family, if any, is coming up (they’re in FL and VA). Mark and Julie already plan on going. Mark met Kathy at a football game. Hayden-Holton, I believe it was. Like most everyone who met her, he liked her from the get-go.

I talked to Pappaw and Jerri last night. Pappaw was telling me how much he liked Kathy. He and Jerri got to meet her when Josh and Kathy got the car in VA. I’m so glad they got to meet her before she was gone. Pappaw also told me of how much Kathy liked me. I just hope she knew how much I loved her. She was fast becoming another mom to me.

It breaks my heart when I hear Josh crying, and knowing that I can’t take away the pain. I have no idea what to say or do. This is my first experience, except for Papa, and I was only 5 at the time, with the death of someone close to me that wasn’t a pet.

Good-bye, Mommy Kathy. May your spirit rest peacefully, and may your soul come back as the turtle you’ve always dreamed of.

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