Year Seven: But I won’t cry for yesterday…

“There’s an ordinary world
somehow I have to find
and as I try to make my way
to the ordinary world
I will learn to survive…”

Thank you Mary Lou!

Day by day the years have slipped away; Karen is doing well and enjoying life. The house is chaotic and full of cats… Maya, Desmond, TabiBeth, Brian, Jake, Elwood, Minerva and Maxine fill it with joy. Maybe it is a survival mechanism to focus on the mundane and ordinary, and it is a luxury we have based on Mary Lou’s gift, Karen’s zeal for life, and small army of medical staff that our lives have intersected with on this journey. So the things to worry about: … will we get cable at the house (14 years and counting) …Is it going to snow? Where is the groundhog? Did you feed the raccoons? …Retirement? New Glasses? Did I really buy that many gems for that game? Leggings! Cataract surgery?

“Is this real life? …is this just fantasy? … Caught in a landslide. … No escape from reality…Open your eyes, look up at the sky and see…”

Seven years … the Rebirthday is still magical. So let’s remember to celebrate Life!

After 25 years, we got to witness Susanne and John renew their wedding vows – probably will not erase missing the original; but it was perfect! We lost our friend Dick this week after his eight year fight with Lymphoma. No, there are no gentle transitions. Karen’s fellow bone-marrow transplant recipients are writing the stories of their lives moment by moment. Like Laura and Ryan, who were able to adopt a beautiful baby girl. Life goes on moment by moment.

Every now and then I need reminded what reality is …not the new job! So wrapping up this “family Christmas letter from the edge”.

So to end with another song…

“I love you, though the stars may fade
And the mountains turn to sand … I love you…
’Til my body changes to an old man. I love you.”

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays

Karen and Michael

p.s. Technically, we’re in year 8 since my 7th Rebirthday has passed.


  1. Merry Christmas, my dear cousins. Life circumstances may change but life continues to be precious. Celebrate!

  2. Wheee! Congrats Karen, may you have many many more years.

    I’m pretty sure the first one is Duran Duran, the title is ordinary world, and I know the 2nd one is queen, bohemian rhapsody. will leave the third for someone else, as I don’t know

  3. It never gets old. This rebirth. So happy for you two. The journey and the miracle continues. We have been blessed!

  4. You both have a zeal for life and enjoy it to the fullest. We thoroughly enjoyed our time with you this Fall.

    I was just wondering how many songs are in this note? Of course I would have no idea seeing I do not listen to music much. But I bet there are several.

    Hope you enjoy the holiday season. And the snow does not keep you away from doing so.

    Love you both,

  5. So happy to be able to read your successes! Take care and love those kitties!

  6. I don’t know the first one, but I know the second one is Queen, Bohemian Rhapsody (the halftime show song my freshman year of high school), and the third was familiar, but I couldn’t place it, so I looked it up. Two Fine People by Cat Stevens. One of my freshman year of college roommates had a Cat Stevens album, so that must be where I heard it. I like his sound.

  7. I absolutely love this post!!


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