The Watercooler ~ Honor thy father and thy mother...

For those of you who have gotten to know me through my writings at RedState, and to those who were enjoying my almost daily Watercooler open threads, I apologize for my abrupt absence the last several weeks. Not to diminish the significance of Memorial Day — a day set aside to honor the many soldiers who have paid the ultimate price for the sake of our country — I wanted to acknowledge the recent passing of a different kind of warrior.

Some of you may have heard me mention the reason I had such a constant presence at RedState over the last couple of years was because I became the primary caregiver for my mother who suffered from complications of a stroke and a brain tumor. Her condition declined to the point where she could no longer live alone so I stopped working to care for her. I never would have found the time to spend at RedState if it were not for these circumstances.

On May 11, 2013, my mom’s battle came to a very heroic end as she took her last breath here at her home with me and my son at her side. I just wanted to say thank you to her for the courage she showed throughout her difficult life. And I wanted to say thank you one more time to RedState for filling the many lonely hours I spent here and teaching me so much about politics and conservatism.

It’s been a challenging experience for me. When I first moved into my mother’s house, we thought she may not have much time left. But she held on for three and a half more years. So, I am in a grieving period of decompressing and seeking the Lord for how to move on with my life now.

In the meantime, I will not be here as much but will always stop by and write from time to time. Thanks to all who have become my friends and acquaintances.

Of course, I can’t leave you without another Margaret Becker song taken from the first commandment, “You shall have no other Gods before Me.” Exodus 20:3

The Watercooler is always an open thread.

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