GLOGIRLY: A Mom’s Love – A Daughter’s Goodbye


At present’s weblog publish is one in all our favourite conversations between Waffles and Glogirly. As we are saying goodbye to 2 of Glogirly’s dearest relations, it appeared so very becoming. At present’s publish is devoted to Barbara and Dorothy, Glogirly’s Godmother and dearest Aunt. Two ladies who’ve been like moms to her.

WAFFLES:  So, Glogirly? 

GLOGIRLY:  Sure, Waffles?

WAFFLES:  Glogirly, are you actually my mother? Since you do not actually seem like me. You do not even have orange fur or stripes or something. However I actually, actually love you. You realize, like a mother and stuff.

GLOGIRLY:  After all I am your mother, Waffles. I adopted you so that you just’d be a part of our household and we ALL might love you, maintain you, and spend our lives collectively. 

WAFFLES:  So despite the fact that you are probably not a cat, you’ll be able to nonetheless be my mother? Like without end and stuff

GLOGIRLY:  Without end and all the time. Without end and ever, Waffles.

WAFFLES:  And so meaning you are Ellie’s mother too, proper? Without end and all the pieces?

GLOGIRLY:  Without end and EVERYTHING.

It has been a really unhappy week for Glogirly. The day after she returned from her llama climbing journey, she obtained two cellphone calls. The form of calls you recognize will in the future come, however you hope by no means do. Each her Godmother Barb and her Aunt Dorothy had all of the sudden handed away. Two lovely ladies who’ve formed who Glogirly is, two ladies dwelling on reverse coasts, had handed away simply hours aside. 

That is Barbara, Glogirly’s Godmother and her Godfather, Paul, smiling within the background throughout a go to they made to see us right here in our mountain home in 2018. Barb beloved cats SO a lot. They had been an vital a part of her life, so having a chance to share a dialog with Waffles was a extremely huge deal for her.

Barb and Waffles in  Colorado, 2018.

Barb’s mom and Glogirly’s mom had been sisters, which additionally makes them cousins. However Barb was a lot, far more to Glogirly. An solely baby, Glogirly grew up realizing that if something ever occurred to her mother and pop, she would go dwell together with her Godparents. And they might love her similar to Glogirly’s personal mother and pop. 

Barb together with her Buddy Boy in late 2022

The households lived distant from one another, so the visits had been rare however very particular. Glogirly and her dad had been baptized collectively, with Barb and Paul by their sides. A few years later, when Glogirly was in her late 30s, she and Barb had a chance to ship a while collectively and immediately grew to become very shut. They talked often and Glogirly discovered many alternatives to go to them of their Bedford, Massachusetts house. 

Barb was a stage 4 breast most cancers survivor. One in every of Glogirly’s most cherished recollections was serving to Barb throw a No Extra Most cancers Get together almost 15 years in the past. Sadly, simply a few years in the past, her most cancers returned with a vengeance and had metastasized to her mind and bones. She bravely fought her battle. Glogirly is so grateful she was in a position to be together with her many instances over these previous two years. They left nothing unsaid. Barbara was like a mom to Glogirly. And Glogirly was like a daughter to Barb. Sadly, Barb misplaced her battle and gained her angel wings.

Glogirly solely met her Aunt Dorothy 16 years in the past when looking for her beginning household. Glogirly was adopted as a child and although like most adopted children, all the time had a curiosity about who she regarded like, she by no means actually had a burning want to search out her beginning mom or beginning household as a result of she beloved her dad and mom a lot. They all the time confirmed her how particular she was and by no means felt like something was lacking.


Dorothy in Monterey, California, 2017.

In 2007, Glogirly obtained a non-identifying background report from the adoption company that dealt with her case. She’d requested it in hopes of studying about any vital well being data. The report she obtained revealed so very far more and ignited a craving she couldn’t ignore.
Glogirly has written about her journey in One other Mom, It is a story she shares each Mom’s Day right here on the weblog. One of the significant relationships of Glogirly’s life was born out of this search and this discovery of her birthmother’s older sister, Dorothy.

Dorothy welcomed Glogirly into her household with open arms and an open coronary heart. Her positivity and joyfulness had been infectious. They may take for hours and by no means run out of issues to say. Glogirly had a chance to go to Dorothy often they usually grew to become very shut. Dorothy was a mom to Glogirly. And Glogirly was the daughter Dorothy (who had 3 sons) by no means had.

Dorothy and Glogirly at Dorothy’s ninetieth party in Santa Maria, CA this previous Could, 2023.

Simply three months in the past, Glogirly helped Dorothy rejoice her ninetieth birthday. Glogirly has known as Dorothy her “hero.” She hopes to dwell her life as Dorothy has. With pleasure, curiosity, a way of journey, and by no means passing up a chance to inform these she loves how vital they’re to her.

Dorothy handed away very all of the sudden and unexpectedly from problems as a result of a blood clot. Glogirly and Gloman had simply spoken together with her two weeks earlier than and talked of the previous, current, and future. Dorothy knew how a lot they beloved her and what an affect she’d had on their lives.


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