children’s author and teller of stories
As many of you know, my parents, Melvin & Evelyn Crum, died within weeks of each other late in 2008. During the days of their dying I posted some poems, re-posted some funny Dad stories, etc.
I will never forget standing around our mother’s hospital bed and telling the latest stories about Dad. We were all laughing, even though we knew the disease was part of his story. I stopped and looked around at the faces—even Mom, suffering from liver cancer—was smiling. There was so much love in that room, and sadness, and strength. We laughed with our Dad, never at him. When Mom died, Dad toddled after her by a mere 3 1/2 weeks.
For family members, friends, or interested others , below are links to postings, stories and poems about Mom and Dad. Some I have blogged at earlier sites, some are newly written. As an amateur genealogist I urge you to keep track of your family stories, they are little gems we can hand down to future generations.
The Leaving Season (poem for Mom): 11/15/2008
Lakeside (poem for Dad): 11/16/2008
Map of My Mother (for Mom) 4/5/2009
Some, Too Indifferent to Spring Winds (for both parents) 4/15/2009
My Mother Taught Me to Quilt (for Mom) 7/24/2009
My Dad’s War: 12/26/2008
My Beautiful Mother: 11/15/2008
Against the Coming Silence: 10/17/2008