Shortly before the anniversary of my mother’s death at the end of February, I wrote a letter that I’ve thought about writing for almost a year. I wrote to my mother’s surgeon — who I thought did an amazing job, and who I never had a chance to thank.
My regular followers know that I don’t blame the surgeon for my mother’s death, but I do blame her cardiologist who screwed up her care after she got out of the hospital. I wanted the surgeon to know how much I appreciated his honesty, his respectful treatment of my mom, and his detailed explanations. He was the first doctor in, well, forever, to not be dismissive. He really did care about her and that meant so much to me as we were going through everything. He had also sent a letter to my family after he heard about her death. What a shame that that action was so surprising. I mean, when have you ever known a physician to send a personal letter to a patient or patient’s family?
I wasn’t sure if I would get a response, but it wasn’t a total surprise when his reply reached my mailbox this past week. Short, but meaningful:
“Dear Michele, Thank you for your letter of February 20th. I read it with empathy, concern, and sadness. I do of course remember your Mother and her operations, and also suddenly learning of her demise. I understand this has been a difficult time for you. Certainly it is difficult to understand the meaning of life when this happens. For you to write this letter may not have been easy, but helps me understand the grief you have felt. I hope that you will always have wonderful memories of your time with her. I wish we had been able to do more. Thank you for communicating your thoughts to me.”
His response really touched me and I’m glad I wrote.
On to some new recipes….
Forks Over Knives’ Spinach-Potato Tacos…These sounded good on paper, but were only so-so. I think they were a little bland and could definitely have used more spices. I needed salsa to help this recipe. When I mentioned that I probably wouldn’t make it again, Ethan said, “please don’t. Not a fan.”
Wegman’s Kale & Cannelloni Ravioli with Broccoletti…I replaced the broccoli with spinach but this was a really simple recipe. A quick and delicious meal. It’s not for those of who are avoiding added oil, since it does call for 2 tablespoons of EVOO. This one Ethan is already asking me to make again.
Kale & White Bean Soup from the 40-Year-Old-Vegan. So I must confess that if I saw this recipe in a cook book, I might have avoided it. But this recipe was posted by a college friend who has since become a vegan chef. She is always posting delicious looking recipes and this one was no exception. What struck me as unusual was the spice… pumpkin pie spice… with carrots, celery, garlic, shallots, tomatoes… Veggies and pumpkin pie spice? I was leery but moved forward anyway. And I’m so glad I did! The soup was incredible! (In fact, at work, I was so busy I had to eat it cold and it was just a good as a sort of gazpacho.) Check out her recipes!
IMDb: The Letter (1940)