Thursday, July 06, 2006

Aunt Lynn

What is more important: how you say goodbye to someone in their final hours, or how you have loved them all your lives?

My last visit, only two weeks ago, was rushed and inconsequential. Jesse refused to come into the house until my Aunt removed the oxygen tube from her nose. Annie clung to me and refused to give even a smile. We spoke of nothing important. I said a quick goodbye, lips brushing her parchment cheek.

Goodbyes are so hard, but necessary before any meaningful journey. And at this juncture, it is two, not one, who must travel a new road. Aunt Lynn will go to the place where creative souls who lead good lives go, and I will see her there one day. And I will begin a journey of my own, which is the path that leads away from her.

If tomorrow morning the sky falls,
I will have clouds for breakfast.
If my heart catches in my throat at the word "goodbye"
I will ask a bird how she sings.
If I am afraid of the dark
I will remember the night rainbow.


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Postman said...


Lynlou S. Post (Born 30 June 1937, Kalamazoo, MI)

Lynlou S. Post passed away early Saturday morning, 29 July 2006, after a long and sustained fight against cancer. She was fortunate to have passed during sleep in the comfort of her own home with her family at her side and in no pain.

She received both her Bachelors and Masters degrees from Michigan State University.

An avid traveler, she lived in Okinawa, Germany, Colorado, California and ended up settling near her parents in Kalamazoo, Michigan. An educator for many years, she retired into, and embraced a life of art. She was a talented and prolific artist engaging in multiple mediums until settling on her last true love, pottery. The house is bursting at the seams with her magnificent work.

She is survived by her daughter and son and their families: Deborah and Jim Trahey, and their children, Reese and Rory Trahey, of West Bloomfield, MI; Douglas Post & Dawn Chamberlain, and their children Ely, Logan and Gideon Post, of Portage, MI; a brother, Maurice Decoster and his wife, Sunny Hill, of Kalamazoo, MI. She is further survived by nieces, nephews, other relatives and many family friends and neighbors who were all very dear to her.
Memorial Service to be held at 11:00, on 19th August 2006 with a reception to follow at Saint Luke’s Episcopal Church, 247 W Lovell St, Kalamazoo, MI. Per her request, she will be given to the earth by being dispersed into Lake Michigan. An artist to the end, she felt the vibrancy of life within the lake would complement and sustain her spirit.
In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions can be made in her name to the Kirk Newman Art School (formerly the KIA Art School), 314 South Park Street, Kalamazoo, Michigan 49007, to promote the enjoyment of art and creativity within the community she so loved.