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Tuesday, April 16, 2024

GLOGIRLY: A Mom’s Love – A Daughter’s Goodbye

Right this moment’s weblog submit is certainly one of our favourite conversations between Waffles and Glogirly. As we are saying goodbye to 2 of Glogirly’s dearest relations, it appeared so very becoming. Right this moment’s submit is devoted to Barbara and Dorothy, Glogirly’s Godmother and dearest Aunt. Two ladies who’ve been like moms to her.

WAFFLES:  So, Glogirly? 

GLOGIRLY:  Sure, Waffles?

WAFFLES:  Glogirly, are you actually my mother? Since you do not actually appear to be me. You do not even have orange fur or stripes or something. However I actually, actually love you. You understand, like a mother and stuff.

GLOGIRLY:  In fact I am your mother, Waffles. I adopted you so that you just’d be a part of our household and we ALL may love you, deal with you, and spend our lives collectively. 

WAFFLES:  So regardless that you are probably not a cat, you possibly can nonetheless be my mother? Like without end and stuff

GLOGIRLY:  Eternally and at all times. Eternally and ever, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  And so meaning you are Ellie’s mother too, proper? Eternally and every little thing?


It has been a really unhappy week for Glogirly. The day after she returned from her llama mountaineering journey, she acquired two telephone calls. The form of calls you understand will sooner or later come, however you hope by no means do. Each her Godmother Barb and her Aunt Dorothy had all of the sudden handed away. Two lovely ladies who’ve formed who Glogirly is, two ladies residing on reverse coasts, had handed away simply hours aside. 

That is Barbara, Glogirly’s Godmother and her Godfather, Paul, smiling within the background throughout a go to they made to see us right here in our mountain home in 2018. Barb liked cats SO a lot. They have been an essential a part of her life, so having a possibility to share a dialog with Waffles was a very huge deal for her.

Barb and Waffles in  Colorado, 2018.

Barb’s mom and Glogirly’s mom have been sisters, which additionally makes them cousins. However Barb was a lot, far more to Glogirly. An solely little one, Glogirly grew up realizing that if something ever occurred to her mother and pop, she would go reside along with her Godparents. And they’d love her similar to Glogirly’s personal mother and pop. 

Barb along with her Buddy Boy in late 2022

The households lived far-off from one another, so the visits have been rare however very particular. Glogirly and her dad have been baptized collectively, with Barb and Paul by their sides. A few years later, when Glogirly was in her late 30s, she and Barb had a possibility to ship a while collectively and immediately grew to become very shut. They talked often and Glogirly discovered many alternatives to go to them of their Bedford, Massachusetts dwelling. 

Barb was a stage 4 breast most cancers survivor. One among Glogirly’s most cherished recollections was serving to Barb throw a No Extra Most cancers Celebration practically 15 years in the past. Sadly, simply a few years in the past, her most cancers returned with a vengeance and had metastasized to her mind and bones. She bravely fought her battle. Glogirly is so grateful she was in a position to be along with her many instances over these previous two years. They left nothing unsaid. Barbara was like a mom to Glogirly. And Glogirly was like a daughter to Barb. Sadly, Barb misplaced her battle and gained her angel wings.

Glogirly solely met her Aunt Dorothy 16 years in the past when looking for her beginning household. Glogirly was adopted as a child and although like most adopted youngsters, at all times had a curiosity about who she seemed like, she by no means actually had a burning need to seek out her beginning mom or beginning household as a result of she liked her dad and mom a lot. They at all times confirmed her how particular she was and by no means felt like something was lacking.


Dorothy in Monterey, California, 2017.

In 2007, Glogirly acquired a non-identifying background report from the adoption company that dealt with her case. She’d requested it in hopes of studying about any essential well being data. The report she acquired revealed so very far more and ignited a craving she couldn’t ignore.
Glogirly has written about her journey in One other Mom, It is a story she shares each Mom’s Day right here on the weblog. One of the vital significant relationships of Glogirly’s life was born out of this search and this discovery of her birthmother’s older sister, Dorothy.

Dorothy welcomed Glogirly into her household with open arms and an open coronary heart. Her positivity and joyfulness have been infectious. They may take for hours and by no means run out of issues to say. Glogirly had a possibility to go to Dorothy incessantly and so they grew to become very shut. Dorothy was a mom to Glogirly. And Glogirly was the daughter Dorothy (who had 3 sons) by no means had.

Dorothy and Glogirly at Dorothy’s ninetieth celebration in Santa Maria, CA this previous Could, 2023.

Simply three months in the past, Glogirly helped Dorothy have fun her ninetieth birthday. Glogirly has referred to as Dorothy her “hero.” She hopes to reside her life as Dorothy has. With pleasure, curiosity, a way of journey, and by no means passing up a possibility to inform these she loves how essential they’re to her.

Dorothy handed away very all of the sudden and unexpectedly from issues as a result of a blood clot. Glogirly and Gloman had simply spoken along with her two weeks earlier than and talked of the previous, current, and future. Dorothy knew how a lot they liked her and what an impression she’d had on their lives.

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