Yes, the Sounders played tonight, and lost in the aggregate score of 3-2 in the first round of the conference playoffs. The season is over, ended on a cold rainy night in November, just as it began on a cold rainy night in March. We were there. We'll miss it, but I guess it was time to be done.
But that wasn't the big loss we experienced today. My mother died during the early morning hours, just two months shy of her 90th birthday. Much of the family shared the day with her just this last Saturday at the family cider fest. We all had a chance to hug her and be with her then.
Here she is with me and my sisters in a photo taken by my niece Katie.
My mother had a long and productive life. Much of it wasn't easy, including the last several years as she struggled with loss of hearing, eyesight and mobility. But she soldiered on, not wanting to let her large and loving family down.
My mother was a loving and caring person who was happiest when she could serve others. But now she was ready to be done. She slipped quietly away, beyond the surly bonds of earth, to touch the face of God.
We traveled to Oregon early this morning to meet with my siblings, to makes arrangements. Services will be on Saturday.
Yes, my mother was ready to be done, but her passing is a huge loss to us all. We will miss her.