Darling Dorothy

Be bigger than your fears.”

December 20 is my mom Dorothy’s birthday; she passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2004. Since then, my beautiful sister Stephanie and I came up with the idea of getting together to celebrate her birthday by going to lunch together to celebrate her birthday in a cozy restaurant in Manhattan not far from where my mom lived . We hoist a glass — either a gin & tonic or a Bloody Mary, depending on how we feel. My mom was a gin & tonic gal, but she also enjoyed a good Bloody Mary now and then. Alas, this year, we’re toasting virtually!

Though I’m feeling sad and missing my mom, I’m surrounded by reminders of her. They’re all over my home and my office. There’s a beautiful picture of her when she was young on my desk and other pictures of her holding my son Alex when he was little. She adored him and he felt the same about her. “Dot, I need you!” he would call out when he wanted help with a button or tying his shoes.

I also have all sorts of knickknacks from my mom’s apartment — a silver wizard standing atop a huge amethyst stone is my favorite. Nestled by it I have a Fortune cookie slip that says: “You should be able to undertake and complete anything.” The two are perfect together, because my mom really believed that about the people she loved. She believed that we could do anything we set our minds to. Anything!

Whenever I was discouraged about my writing, I could call her up and she’d give me a pep talk. She was always in my corner. She had a tough life in many ways, but she was a Sagittarius and like the Archer, she was always outward bound and optimistic, young at heart and adventurous. “Be bigger than your fears,” she said to me once. Great advice for all of us. So today, in her honor, I’m passing it on. “I need you, Dot!” That’s what Alex used to say when he was little. So now, I’m saying it, too: “I need you, Dot!”

May we all enjoy such angels in our lives as we write on!

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I am a writer and this is a motivational blog designed to help both writers and aspiring writers to push to the next level. Key themes are peak performance, passion, overcoming writing roadblocks, juicing up your creativity, and the joys of writing.
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2 Responses to Darling Dorothy

  1. Diane Masucci says:

    Dear Karin, thanks for the heartfelt and beautifully described details of your mom. It’s so great to have someone in your court, rooting you on and you describe it so well.
    Sorry you and your sister had only virtual this year but hope next year is in person.
    And thanks for the lively posts…I don’t often respond but always read.
    Diane Masucci

  2. Dear Diane,

    Thanks so much for your lovely note—so kind of you to share your thoughts!
    My mom was a true bringer of light and I feel she’s with me still, helping me.

    I am so glad you are reading KWD—it means so much to me to know
    I’ve encouraged and inspired you in some way.

    Wishing you and yours and all my cherished KWD readers peace and joy.

    Write on,

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