My parents and I made a rather hasty trip to New York starting last Thursday. We found out last weekend that my Great Aunt is seriously ill and may not be with us much longer. She is 88 and hasn’t been eating for the past month or so and has lost considerable weight. When we visited her on Thursday it was a shocker, she was very thin and gaunt in appearance. It really hit me hard, but I was able to keep myself under control. My mother, on the other hand, was pretty upset. I surmise another trip to New York will be forthcoming in the very near future. I wish it wasn’t to be, but this is part of life — we are born, we live our lives and then we die. It will be very tough on my mother. My Great Aunt is as much a mother to my Mom as her biological mother was. She is as much a grandmother figure to me as my grandmother was. So yes, I too will have a hard time of it when she passes from this Earth.

We also visited my sister who, as you may know, has been in a coma since a drunk driver hit her in 2005. Her condition is beginning to degrade as well, although at a much slower pace. My Mom and I are working to move her down here to Virginia by the end of September.

Last, but not least, I visited Perkin’s Memorial Observatory up on Bear Mountain in Bear Mountain State Park. The last time I visited this landmark was when I was just a child. Here’s a photo I took…

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