Tomorrow I will be flying over to the US, however, I won't be there on holiday or to enjoy myself. I am going because my mother passed away last week and I will be going over for the memorial service and to help support my sister in settling her affairs. Her instructions in her will very very explicit as to how she wants things handled and that's a good thing. The most important thing is that she asked to be cremated and her ashes spread into the ocean in Ocean City, New Jersey. That will happen.

I know with my Asperger's type mind that if I don't keep busy while I'm there, it will affect me greatly. First, I'd like to thank my supply teaching agency and Callowell Primary School for their understanding and keeping me busy so I wouldn't think about it. Trust me, if I spend too much time thinking about, it might result in depression and I don't want that. Furthermore, there is lots to be done when I get to the States. My mother's house will need to be thoroughly cleaned and devoid of cigarette smoke, she was a heavy smoker. Also, my sister will need my assistance in other areas and I am prepared to do that.

My mother was a big animal lover and has asked that instead of flowers, donations to be made to her named animal charities:

Front Range Equine Rescue, P.O. Box 458, Ocala, FL 34478

Thoroughbred Retirement Foundation, P.O. Box 834, Saratoga Springs, NY 12866

Cheetah Conservation Fund, P.O. Box 2496, Alexandria, VA 22301

What is worse from my side is that fact that my wife and I have both lost our mothers within two and a half months of each other. This has been a hammer blow for both of us but we both thank all of those who have been a support.

When my mother in law died, I shared lyrics from a song by a band called Tyketto. I think now that I should share the song itself compliments of Youtube. The song is performed solo by the lead singer, Danny Vaughn, the most underrated voice in music.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UGL6IUCiyMc

Rest in Peace Anne Bradshaw, for me Mom.