On Monday September 27, 2021 at 6:49am, I became an orphan. This lady is my mom who passed away that morning. I knew this day would come, but I was never quite prepared for it even though I thought I was. She taught Bonnie and me so, so much over the years, even after my dad had passed away in 1982 and my brother in 2018. I remember when our kids were little and we lived in Montreal, how she would take a 1.5 hour bus ride to come to our place and “tidy up”. This meant that our fridge which was jammed to the hilt, would end up looking half empty after she worked her Tetris magic in organizing it. A meal would often be cooking and the laundry folded. Funny how, even though we didn’t take this for granted, we ended up doing the same with our own kids in the recent years. She was paying it forward before it even became a “thing”. We were lucky enough to spend a little more time with her before she left us. MOM you will always be in our hearts. You taught us so, so much. Love you forever, mom. Now I gotta figure out how to process all this. I was hoping to be stoic, but that went out the window.