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lorettaf
5 years ago

It's been 8 years since I last saw you in person. I still have a hollow place inside where you're supposed to be (also one for mommy and dad!!). We're going have oysters in Harvard Sq with Kim and Ruth. Mondays they have $1 oysters (that's considered cheap these days). Started the garden with onions, leeks and kale. Getting tired of gardening though. Cutting way down on the Hanson garden. Tom died so we didn't go to FL this year. Thinking maybe going down to Nokomis or Venice. Your house looks very nice inside, they've destroyed some of the charm of the outside. Love you, miss you.

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lorettaf
6 years ago

Another year gone by without you.... Almost 7 years and I still miss you. Was missing mommy today also, feeling so sad. Well, enough about me. Hope things are going well for you and you are free of all that disease and pain....dancing around to Walk of Life. Starting this year's garden after record snowfall this winter. Big hugs and kisses.

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lorettaf
7 years ago

Here it is:

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lorettaf
7 years ago

Happy Birthday, Mary Ann. Hope you got to eat the wonderful whipped cream, chocolate, jam cake that you make that is so delicious. I think about you just about every time I go shopping by myself and need you there to walk with. Thought you'd like this picture of a sidewalk painting.

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lorettaf
7 years ago

Happy Birthday, Mary Ann. Hope you got to eat the wonderful whipped cream, chocolate, jam cake that you make that is so delicious. I think about you just about every time I go shopping by myself and need you there to walk with. Thought you'd like this picture of a sidewalk painting.

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Anonymous
8 years ago

Although I think of you often and I am aware that you are here always with your sister, it’s been a long time since I’ve written to you. Last weekend your friend Karen and I helped Loretta set up her Christmas village. It’s a tradition that began for us (and also Anya) the first Christmas after you left us. Loretta seemed so sad and said she was thinking of not setting up the village that year – she was tired. She brightened up with the offer of help and we’ve been doing it with her ever since. You’re always with us when we’re setting things up, with me, especially, when I pick up that beautifully dressed lady with the hat from the flapper era. It’s very old, and it may have been yours, but if not, it reminds me of something you would have loved. So, my dear, take a close look at your sister’s Christmas preparations this year. You would be proud of her. She has made her home so beautiful. When I walked into her dining room a couple of weeks ago, I was struck by the warmth of the room, the colors, the table so beautifully set, the eclectic array of art, memorabilia that she and David have collected and love. The room glowed and I kept going back in to have that good feeling. I expect you’re somewhere in that room.

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lorettaf
9 years ago

Hi, It's been four years without you. I still miss you. Especially when I'm planting or trying to do something that looks pretty. I pretend that I'm you and how would you do it. But, I'm not very successful. Say hi to mom and dad. Big Hugs

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Anonymous
10 years ago

I thought of you while I watched Loretta making a video of the beautiful waterfall she made in Hanson. I didn't tell Loretta, but I thought of how she chose a spot that you particularly liked - how you would have loved it and perhaps added a touch of your own to it - how Loretta would have asked you, the artist, had you been there, what she might do with the collection of shells she wanted to add. She did ask me but I know I do not have that flair that you had.. I think Loretta has created a beautiful living memorial to her sister, and, as her sister Mary Ann would do, Loretta will always be making changes to it, adding to it, taking away, adjusting, so that each time I visit Hanson, I will check to see what's different, as I always did when I visited you in Florida.. Today we are going to Hanson for the annual lambroast and you will be there with us.

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10 years ago

Hi, yesterday, you have been gone for three years and I still miss you. I'm building a waterfall for you in Hanson. Hope you like it when it's done. I am still keeping up with the two new friends you gave me, Karen and Lindi. I'm going to try to get to Ohio this fall and stay at George's. I am now the oldest person in our family!!!

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lorettaf
10 years ago

Here it is again, already almost three years since I last saw you and since you "danced" on the earth. Part of you now rests with Zaphod Vivian Whiskers Aztecs who recently died peacefully. I still miss you. It's funny I only saw you a few times a year, but just knowing you were there and talking on the phone was sufficient. Now there is just a hollow hole where you were. Enough whining. I do need you here to help with TWO gardens, it's a bit much. I guess I have to give up on heathers in the front yard, they keep dying every winter. Have to go to flowers, any suggestions? I hope you will come with me to the gardening center to pick out stuff. <br /><br /> <br /><br /> I guess you know both Aunt Sophie and Aunt Kay died in 2010. Now I'm the oldest in the family. Hummmm. George got married to a woman named Paula. She is really nice. Well, that's all the news from Lake Wobegon, no, I mean Somerville. Miss you terribly, talk to you soon.

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ruthk
10 years ago

Hi Mary Ann, While I walked along the Naples beach over a week ago, you were with me again, and as I looked at the pretty seashells gently washed ashore that day, I wondered which ones would Mary Ann choose? While I would not for a moment ever think that I could ever see things through your discerning eyes, I did choose three shells which I thought you might like, and I will put them in Westport, next to your lavender, with the other shells that I have gathered for you. Alas, though, no shark's teeth. As I discovered early on while walking the beach with you in Nokomis, a shark's tooth would have had to jump up and bite me on the nose to be noticed by me, while you would spot it a mile away! Yesterday I came across a valentine, with a beautiful letter enclosed, that you (& Anna!) had sent me in March 2008, only months before you left us. When I read it again, I remembered my thoughts the first time I read it three years ago: what fortitude it must have taken for you to write that letter; the effort and energy expended to distract yourself from your relentless pain. I marveled then and I marveled yesterday at what an example you set for us all with our little daily gripes. A belated 2011 Happy Valentine to you, Mary Ann, sent with lots of love. Ruth

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lorettaf
11 years ago

Well, it's been two years since I last saw you. I still miss you. I put one of your (our) favorite songs on here today. Seems two of your friends have become mine--Karen and Lindi. Karen is doing well. Sold her house and is looking for a man. Here's some calla lillies for you. Off to Alaska. I'll be taking you with me.

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lorettaf
11 years ago

Well, this is your second birthday without pain. I hope you enjoyed your second trip to South Africa and the Kalahari. Lots of death and new life going on there. I imagine you really enjoyed Soweto and the Cradle of Humankind. You will be doing a lot of traveling this year. In June we go back to Joe's and then off to Alaska--Joanne's, Juneau, Skagway, and up to the Yukon. I hope you enjoy the cake we made for you. We will! Nonetheless we miss you. You have left a hole in the world when you died.

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ruthk
11 years ago

Wherever you are Mary Ann, your sisters are thinking of you today on your 60th birthday. This year you’ve already been to So. Africa with your sister Loretta, and you were with this sister in Mexico, just a few miles from the Yucatan coast where you visited several years ago. I thought of you there and how much you loved it, and I thought of how much more I would have seen if I were looking at the wonderful sites through your eyes. You will be with us later this week when your sisters Karen, Loretta, and me have another of our Girls’ Night Out. I remember the first of these dinners when we asked the waiter to take a picture of the three of us raising our glasses in a toast to you while you were in Florida, and suffering. This Thursday night we will raise our glasses to you again to wish you a Happy Birthday, but as Loretta said, this will be your second birthday without pain. We miss you so much.

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ruthk
11 years ago

It's Ruth again. I think it must be your 62nd birthday, although I think of you as you were when we lost you.

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Anonymous
11 years ago

Hi Mary Ann, I am doing the typical Christmas Eve. It's hard doing it without you here. I feel like stopping it, but then Everything will be gone, so I'll go on. There's a place set at the table for you. We have 15 people this year. Will give you some perogi, caviar, and fish. We have rum balls, kolach (nut and poppy seed) and the cream cheese tartlets. Give hugs to mom and dad.

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lorettaf
11 years ago

Hi there. Still thinking about you. Trying to carry on the tradition.

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ruthk
11 years ago

A week ago today, Loretta and I and my daughter Devon went to the East Beach in Westport with some of Mary Ann's ashes, which Loretta had kindly given me, and each of us released a little handful into the breeze that blew over the ocean. It was a beautiful fall day, just like the day Mary Ann and I took Anna for a walk there a few years ago, and like the day a year later when Mary Ann gathered a few flat roundish stones from the beach to take with her. She was very particular that day choosing the stones and matching them to each other to decide which stones were worthy of being carried back and stacked like a little monument in Loretta's front yard in Somerville. So I thought a little part of her belonged in Westport, with me, at the East Beach.

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