Wednesday, August 10, 2016

In Lieu Of Flowers

I will be responding to each and every message once this week is over and can never thank you all enough for your kindness. San Geraldo and I are, and the Dowager Duchess would be (and, who knows, maybe she is) overwhelmed.

This morning we say our formal good-byes to my mother, Marion Block.

All has gone smoothly this week. San Geraldo has earned his title "San" ten-fold. I´m thinking of awarding him a double halo.

The Kid Brother has been great. He´s been watching the weather forecast and is convinced there´s going to be a storm this morning.

When I told him it wouldn´t storm this morning (just so he´d relax and actually show up; how the hell would I know if it will storm or not?), he said, ¨How much ya wanna bet?¨

I said, "A billion dollars!"

He said, "You jerk! I´ll betcha four dollahs!"

The bet is on. I was kind of hoping it would storm. Then he´d be sure to be outside waiting for San Geraldo just to collect his money.

San Geraldo is picking him up at 7 this morning and bringing him back here. We three will then head off in the limo (The Kid Brother really wanted a white one) for our day of grateful remembrance.

For those who have been asking, in lieu of flowers, donations can be made to:

AHRC New York City
A family governed organization committed to finding ways for people with intellectual and other developmental disabilities to build full lives as defined by each person and supported by dedicated families, staff and community partners.
or write or call:
AHRC New York City Foundation, Inc.
83 Maiden Lane, New York, NY 10038


  1. May your mum rest in everlasting peace. Have a great memory of her..

  2. My heart is with the three of you and my thoughts with all those who cared for her.

  3. I've been away; today is my first day visiting bogland in a week when lo! I see this.
    I too am heartily saddened by the news. I am very glad to see you two are surrounded by love and support.
    At these times we all try to find words to comfort, only to come up with lame and useless ones. The only thing that helps is those around us. Bless you all.

  4. "Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours
    through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy."

    Here's to the Mims, a very special star who will continue to shine on us and in our hearts forever. Huge hugs, Peege

  5. Oh, Mitchell. I've been thinking of all of you every day, and wondering about all of these things. Thanks so much for keeping us in your thoughts today, as you are so fully in ours. And, I'm so glad to know about AHRC :)
    Sending you the most sincere wishes for strength, for you and Chuck and SAN Geraldo.

  6. I wish I was there !! ������

  7. I'm so very sad , but remembering the family we were , helps !
    RIP aunt Marion.. Say hi to everyone for us !! Xoxo

  8. I'm so sorry Mitch. Thinking of you all and sending huge hugs and lots of love.

  9. I'm sending positive thoughts your way to help you through this sad event.

  10. Mitchell, I missed your last post so this one came as a real shock to me. My heart and love goes out to you, San Geraldo and your Kid Brother. It is so sad to lose such a special person... I know your memories and love will see you through. I'd kinda like to hear some of those stories you're going to tell. Sending much love your way.

  11. Sending the three of you an embrace of condolences, Mitch. You'll figure high in our thoughts over coming days.

  12. All your memories be of happy days of love and family

  13. This has been a full day for you all, Mitchell.
    Sending hugs your way and know we are thinking about you, Jerry and the Kid Brother.
    Did he win the bet?

  14. Dear Mitchell, I found out your mother had passed away, Michael (Spo Reflections) is visiting us with Someone in Charlottetown PEI. I am very sorry to hear this very sad news. I felt I knew her a little through the wonderful stories you told us about her. My sincere condolences to you and to your family.

  15. {{{{{hugs}}}}}

    I just made a donation.

  16. We send our love and healing thoughts. hopefully the morning sprinkles gave way to some midday sunshine. She will live on through your stories and tales, and by the way you continue to live your life to its fullest every day.

  17. I'll be making my donation in the name Dowager Duchess Marion Block.

    I'm gonna miss her ... though i imagine we'll still get DD stories.

    Sending you all our thoughts today.


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