Moving Cathy 5 August 2014

IMG_1380I am ever grateful for the rising of the sun each day because it lifts my spirits giving me hope that a new day will bring about joy and productivity in whatever it is that I need to be doing.

We will soon be going to California to face the man who violently murdered our little sister, Cathy. I’ve spent some time recently rereading some of the pieces I’ve written about Cathy.

Cathy smiling down at her nephew, Jared who was just four years old.

Cathy smiling down at her nephew, Jared who was just four years old.

This one will be recognizable to several of my siblings because we were all there together to make this happen. Anyone who knew Cathy, knew her moods were never half-way, good or bad!

Cathy standing by a huge tree in Australia.

Cathy standing by a huge tree in Australia.

Moving Cathy: A chaos of books, crates, Rubbermades, glasses stacked and glass shattering–pinpricks of blood from tiny wounds. Loading, stacking, laughing, unloading, muddy footprints on new silver-grey shag. Grumpy, undeserved snapping.

John Denver on the juke box at the A&W. Unpacking, sweating, re-arranging-a necessary intrusion on a private life. The cable guy, the new neighbor, laundry across the hall, quarters and a basket on a leash. Tempers, patience, pain in knees, shoulders and backs.

Four empty trucks driving away: one apartment empty, cleansed of the life it held; the other filled with that unorganized life, waiting for it to settle in.

About Sally Gerard

I am a writer, runner, teacher, singer, guitar player, mom, lover, coffee drinker, hunter, antique tractor driver, horsewoman, sister, and lover of the outdoors. Did I mention that I love lighthouses?
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3 Responses to Moving Cathy 5 August 2014

  1. julieburgii says:

    Reblogged this on jpburgess and commented:
    I haven’t yet found the words to write about Cathy, so I am relying on these from Sally; Sally, whose words always hit the mark.


  2. Sally Gerard says:

    She was a free spirit and inspired and supported me always. Part of me insists that she is still here and will show up on my doorstep when she darn well feels like it.


  3. Kathy Cordes says:

    I first met Cathy on a Montana mission trip. I fell in love with her spirit, her soul and her love of the out doors and nature. She was such a free spirit. A beautiful person inside and out.

    Her death was such a tragedy. I pray her spirit is free and free from the pain both emotional and physical that she experienced here on earth. My prayers are with you and your family on this next part of your journey.


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