An Irish Wake in Sun Valley


Mount Baldy in Sun Valley, Idaho

Mount Baldy in Sun Valley, Idaho

So, here we are, the beautiful Wood River Valley in Idaho: Hailey, Ketchum, Sun Valley, Mt. Baldy.  Christmas is white, the skiing is great, the movie stars have homes here and the sun warms up the afternoons long enough for a number of outdoor activities.  Bing Crosby, the Hemingways, Bruce Willis, Demi Moore, Marlon Brando, Barbara Streisand, and MANY famous people have chosen this little spot.  It’s always been fun to come here.  I was born here.  My sister went to school here.  My mother and her family were born and raised here.  It’s home.


Jim and Joe Anne Reed


But this trip isn’t fun.  It’s hard.  My mother died last week and now we three children must decide what to do.  Everyone, of course, has been so kind, so helpful.   This has been our home and now we’ll have no one to welcome us in the front door, no more Christmases with the gifts piled so high and wide that you can’t get through to the dining room, no more family reunions under Red Devil Mountain, nor crazy 4th of July get-togethers with family and friends.


Somehow we will muddle through and somehow this will turn out to be good.  Mom was so very happy and went quickly from a burst aortic aneurism.  She wanted it to be quick rather than a long suffering illness.  She chose this way.  She lived and died on her own terms, laughing, dancing and keeping life lively.  She’ll love the Irish Wake we are throwing for her!


‘Bye, Mom.  I really loved you and will keep you safe and protected in my heart.

~ by chezchristineo on March 9, 2009.

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