Sunday, November 6, 2011

Long May You Run

There are some tough things about breathing. Really tough. Things like people you love struggling to breathe and people you love no longer breathing. Those two things alone make breathing for me harder than it should be, in my opinion anyway. Another reason, I am thankful I am not God, even though I think I am most days. Rambling thoughts, I know.

Anydiddle, my little sister Kelly continues to struggle to breathe. Over the last few months she has been hospitalized twice, had her lungs drained three times if I remember correctly and is generally feeling not so great. That’s the crapola part of it. The awesome part however is, she still has a completely bad ass attitude, a wicked sense of humor and a tongue that will whip any unsuspecting bystander. Oh yeah. I am talking like a frog on a fly. Zap! I so love my baby sister.

I am rarely happier than when I am on the phone with her, trying to outdo one another with our sick comments, laughing like the demented bad seeds we are known to be. I am meeting her in Houston in about a week. It’s a trip she is not looking forward to. She is sick and feeling it. She is expecting more bad news. She has nothing to look forward to from her view of it. I am looking forward to every minute of it. Why? Because I will be with her. I will be able to see her, kiss her red hair from a bottle and annoy the crap out of her the entire time with my aggravating ways and stupid observations of life in general. She, in turn, will pretend I am a pain in her ass while trying not to laugh. But she will laugh. I will make sure of it. No matter what.

Kelly brought up the possibility of what might be said by Dr. Gloom at this next visit. It was nothing good. I am not discounting any of her ponderings. She knows her body best and I am sure she also knows the best way to prepare for whatever is coming next. All I know is this. I get to see my sister. That’s all that matters to me.

Bob is sitting here as I type, playing his guitar, singing Neil Young songs to me. He knows I am feeling punched in the gut lately. He also knows Neil always makes me smile. Like now. The song he is crooning makes me think of Kelly.

Long may you run.
Long may you run.
Although these changes
Have come
With your chrome heart shining
In the sun
Long may you run.


I know it was written about his car but it still makes me think of Kel and smile. Long may you run, sister. Chrome heart and all. See you in Houston. You have been warned.

27 comments:

Ms. A said...

Bless you, Marla and bless Kelly, too. The two of you have a bond that will NEVER be broken, no matter what happens. It's wonderful to hear from you and I will keep you both in my thoughts and prayers.

Brian Miller said...

well it seems like forever...just saying...prayers for your sister...nice song...and i wish for her as well that she run long...smiles.

Monkey Man said...

Good to hear from you. Wishing only the most postivie of thoughts for your sister.

Kathy's Klothesline said...

Sending only good thoughts your way. God bless you both.

Glen said...

Marla - truly missed seeing you about here on t'internet.

You are such a quality bunch of folk - Kelley's strength at battling through as far as she has, as well as the strength of character you all have. The way you have all used humour to get through the pain has always been what hs drawn me tou you.

Keep up the sarcasm and the wit. Sometimes its all you really can do.

Give some big hugs - and don't forget to make her give you some!

Two Shades of Pink said...

Your relationship with Kelly makes me smile. So real, so authentic and so full of love. I have missed you my friend and I loved getting a peek into your heart today.

Teresa - in the Middle Side of Life said...

i have so missed you! you are on my mind and in my prayers so very often. i know that words are simply not enough when people you love are going through such trials. may the peace of God see you through all that will come - the good, the bad, and anything in between.

Deborah said...

I'm so in love with you two.

And your hubby.

Coby said...

I knew there was a reason I was thinking of you today!

I've missed you, and I'm continuing to pray for Kelly and you!

Red hair from a bottle...(snort!)

Andrea said...

Marla, soooo good to see you here, I've missed you - happy you get to spend time with your baby sis. Prayers for both you and Kelly. Love to you both, Cousin Andrea

Oklahoma Granny said...

Marla, I've missed you and thought of you and your sister often. Both of you are always in my prayers. Enjoy your time with her while you're in Houston. Extra special prayers are being sent ahead of both of you.

So. Cal. Gal said...

Marla! We missed you!

'They' say "laughter is the best medicine", but I say "sarcasm and laughter is the best medicine".

I hope you have a wonderful visit with Kelly and laugh your asses off!

Love ya, girl!

Bruce Coltin said...

"Don't lose the moment" is a wonderful message to spread. Keep spreading it.

Joanna Jenkins said...

Many, many blessings and prayers to Kelly. I'm cheering her on from Los Angeles.
Safe travels to you. xoxoxoxox jj

Hope said...

It's so good to read your words this morning. I've come often to your blog hoping to see a new post.

Will be thinking of you and your sister this week, that grace will sustain you.

Amarja said...

Big hug from me, I know now how this feels. X

Sarah said...

The best thing your sister can get now is your love and support, which you have plenty. Have as much fun with her as you can.

Mrs. Tuna said...

Glad to see a post from you. I've been stopping by from time to time to see how you are. Wishing peace and good things.

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Take care Marla. You and your sister are surrounded by love and strength. Hang in there. Sandra

Agnes said...

Stay strong Marla.

Katharine said...

Prayers for all of you...Thanks for sharing your heart,
Blessings...

Mrs4444 said...

Thinking of you both and sending positive vibes and love your way...

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Thinking of you and yours. Sandra

Chester Mark B. Tamayo said...

There are some tough things about breathing. Really tough. Things like people you love struggling to breathe and people you love no longer breathing.

-- these lines made my heart melt.. Bless you

Sandra Meek Wilkes said...

Thinking Of You. We miss you. Love abounds at Christmas. Sandra

Eddie Bluelights said...

A very Happy Christmas to you ~ Eddie

Healthier And Wealthier said...

Sending Christmas love.