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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Mom News

The first few days after my Mom passed were tough, but the funeral (which I must admit I was terrified of) was just an incredible (overused word coming) celebration of who she was. We laughed and cried and tried to keep laughing in her honor. Best moment was when my Dad said goodbye to her -- it's this private moment with me and him and her brother and my Dad's brother and the coffin.

My father pours his heart out in a way he never does and then leans down and kisses the coffin, which is when my uncle reminds him that her head is: up here (as he points to the other end of the coffin). So my father blurts, "Y'mean I just kissed her ass?" And we all shoot back: It's about time.

So pathetic. But such a needed laugh. My Mom would've loved us piling on him.

But I must also say that seeing all the responses you left to the announcement in the last blog...What a moment you gave me. I treasure that one. The best moments come when you realize you're not as alone as you thought.


Anonymous said...

I'm so sorry about your mom, Brad. It sounds like all who knew her were truly blessed. She leaves a piece of herself in all of you and so she lives on. I hope in the days, weeks, and months to come, you find comfort in her memory and your family, both there and on here. *hugs*


Anonymous said...

I wish we all had your gift with words, Brad, to be able to find the right ones to offer you true comfort. Though my heart is filled with sadness for you and your family, even the little I know of your mother can't help but make me smile. I think of the awesome power of a Jewish mother's pride, and I can't even imagine how it must swell when her son is such a success, and such a mensch.

After your lecture in Scranton I told my Mom (a Jewish mother from Brooklyn herself) the story about your Mom and her local bookstore sales numbers - she laughed...with recognition (she once sent a letter to Steven Spielberg on my behalf with the letterhead "Barbara Sherry, Jewish Mother" - and got a call back from his assistant). I have a feeling they would have gotten along really well, too.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to you and your family,


Anonymous said...

I can relate to your sorrow over losing your Mom much too soon, Brad. I lost my sweet Mom 7 years ago and I think of her everyday. I have been at two of your book signings and can recall that you spoke of her (and other family members) with humor and love. I can only imagine how proud she was of you. With love and prayers, Jana

Anonymous said...

Dear Brad and Cori,

I just read the eulogy. I am so sorry for the sadness and loss and so happy that you had such a great mom who gave you so much. And you still have her in your heart and mind. The voice is inside you. I have a 7 month old baby boy. He's a mama's boy so far. I still have his attention and undiluted affection. There's lots of pressure for me to be sure he doesn't stay a mama's boy. Well, forget that. Your mom has inspired me to (hopefully) be the kind of mom your mom was -- to love my son unabashedly, be happy for him to know how deep and wide that love flows, not to worry that I could hurt him by being a large presence in his life. I'm still so new at the mom game that learning from one of the best -- your mom -- comes easily. Thanks for sharing her with us all. I hope my Noah will know how much your mom did to inspire his mom. Our thoughts are with you all. Allison Powell

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