Friday, April 14, 2017

Deli dreams and Family Photos.

You know what is lame? That my mom has cancer again. I have been through all the stages of grief and keep cycling back through it, and she's still around and fighting. I'm so thankful for that. Pancreatic cancer is fierce, and I can't believe Mom has continued with chemotherapy after it's kept her mostly bedridden since December. She has some good days, but I just feel so bad for her. I know she wants to be swimming with her grandbabies and taking them to the park and cooking matzoh ball soup for her friends instead of them her.

This week I'm completely overwhelmed by the love and support of family and friends. We began accepting help in the way of meal deliveries and help rolling the recycling bin down to the curb and random flower deliveries during Mom's first chemo and subsequent hospital stays. Since then it's been really hard to manage meal trains, as her appetite is unpredictable. Still, people have wondered how they could help. After stressing over my laundry list (often a literal laundry list) of To Dos at my parents' house, I finally hit publish on the GoFundMe I started for my parents ages ago. Because meal deliveries are great, but being able to get down the stairs safely is also great.

I also wanted to share two incredible gifts we received from two families we are so lucky to have in our lives.

Yesterday, my mom received an overnight delivery from Katz's Deli on the Lower East Side of Manhattan. My mom's uncle owned a Jewish deli on Bardstown Road in Louisville in the mid-1900s, so Mom grew up knowing how proper deli food should taste. There are no more real delis in Louisville, so New York City is her favorite place to taste the comfort foods of her youth. The magical Tyra shipped a 3-course deli meal to her this week! Mom's appetite was down yesterday, but she's drooling in anticipation of digging into the pickles already:



One of our friends from the Highlands mama community and also the Wee Boy's preschool gifted us a family photo session with their favorite photographer. We'd tried to gather some family photos before, but timing was always bad.

Jessica from J Grace Photography http://www.jgrace.net/  came to our home and took some gorgeous photos of my family that I've been meaning to share for a month now:
Images by J Grace Photography http://www.jgrace.net/






5 comments:

  1. Your mom's uncle owned Schultz's Deli???

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    1. Don't think that was the name of it (though there were many delis back then!). It was near Bardstown Road and Speed Avenue -- near the Bard's Town, though i think it was where the Cherokee Coin place is now.

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  2. It was my (and Patsy's) great Uncle Sam's deli. I remember the deli but can't remember the name. I think it was at Speed and Bardstown Road. What a great gift from Tyra!

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    1. I cant' remember the name of it, but I think the address was 1825 Bardstown Road (i looked it up in the library's City Directories many years ago).

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  3. Oh, what beautiful pictures! What a treasure! Thinking of you guys as you all fight this fight together. May your days be full of peaceful times and comfort and love. I already can see that you and your family know how to love each day, every day.

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