Allow me to share with you two very cryptic cards.
The first one I sent out before my last living parent, my dad; passed in 2009. The Christmas of 2008.
He was so enthralled with JFK that he passed on the same day:
The second card I sent in Spring 2010.
My unusual belief system(s) caused great distress amongst my two elder brothers which resulted in the disintegration of my family ties.
One brother drank and drugged himself to death - (passed @ 53 yrs. AUG 2010) and the other changed his surname and formal faith to "the competitor" of Roman Catholic to Jewish.
Like you, I have had a live-in confirmed bachelor Uncle to help the family.
Our traditions somewhat behind us and your mom's passing shortly before Christmas is a great toll - no matter how we view it.
I have battled full-scale bi-polar manic depression since the age of 16 yrs.
In and out of jail and mental hospitals for the large majority of my life - I chose not to marry and have children for fear of passing on being a prisoner of your own mind.
I live with Connie, and we share our lives, yet we did not get together until I was 39 yrs.
In many ways I have succumbed to fear my friend - yet I know too much.
"Kill Him ! He knows too much" !!
As the mob would say.
I drove myself insane.
I wanted all of the answers to life and death and I wanted them NOW !
Oh, I got my answer in 1983 - but it was to much to bear.
You are either ALL of God or NONE of God - not to many gray areas to choose from.
This is where the mother comforts and fills in the blanks so to speak.
Without more ado, here's the cards:
We shall serve together again.
Comfort ye my blessed people as your mom goes on to her next assignment...