Change of Plans

This isn’t the post I planned to write for the final day of Settimana dell’ Amore, but sometimes “life happens” and things don’t go as planned.

I think it is every expat’s worst nightmare … the middle of the night phone call, the strained voices, the uncertain hours and the anxiety of an 18-hour trip back home where you have nothing. to do. but think.

I won’t go into much detail-both to protect the privacy of family members who don’t broadcast their lives in the blogosphere and because there is still so much to learn, but Wednesday night I took that call.

It was my mom who said, “It is your dad.”

I’m not sure what she said after that.

As many of you know, it was my father who encouraged me to write. He was an editor. A journalist. A newspaper man. And I’d *love* to find the words to say something now …

But I can’t.

So, bear with me over the next couple of weeks. I will be in Texas … in fact, I am probably already there.

I’ll be back posting soon. And don’t worry, we’ll have that drawing when I return.

Buddy Moore, Kountze, Texas, USA

For my daddy …

62 Responses
  1. Oh Cherrye. Thinking of you and your family, praying hard. Hope P is able to go with you, but imagine that might not have been possible. Hoping and praying everything will be okay.

    And . . I’m struck by your composure and thoughtfulness in letting us know where you are in the midst of all the craziness that must have been last night. It’s important because it lets us add to the prayer stream originating in Texas.


  2. Oh C. I am so sorry. Since I don’t know exactly what happened, I will be praying for a good outcome.

    Let me know if you need anything. Anything at all.

    Thoughts and prayers are with you, C.

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  3. Life does happen. Been there. We all have. There’s no way to make it easy, but it does help to know that even strangers who feel somewhat like friends are thinking of you. May you feel peace in your heart.

  4. Anon

    Oh no! I’m so sorry. It’s not just the call every expat dreads, it’s the call everyone dreads when they’re away from loved ones, particularly when they don’t get to spend enough time with them. Glad you will have P to lean on. I have said a prayer for you and your family.

  5. I wanted to share a poem a friend wrote for me, when my dad was killed a few years ago. Your post reminded me of those days, and my heart is with you and your family. Check out my blog if you’d like to read it – it is called My First Valentine.

  6. tony

    Hey Babe,

    I’m not religous in anyway, but god bless your father, you and your family at this extreamly hard time.

    If you need anything
    Just call
    Tony xxx

  7. my grandmother always told me when i was young… the greatest thing one can do to honour those whove gone before us … is to go through each day with peace and grace in our hearts. i asked her how. she replied… by taking comfort in the thought that as with hope, one must release his memories of those persons into the world for it to soar and be shared with others.

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  8. Like those who have already commented, my thoughts are with you. As an expat, 15 hrs from my family, I relate. Those phone calls are never ever easy. I with you, your daddy and the rest of your loved ones the best. xo

  9. Cousin Kelly

    Hey CC! So, you know I keep up with this blog thing that you do. I just want to tell you that I am thinking of you. Girl, you only thought that you wrote before all of this……He has inspired your writing in ways that you don’t even know yet. Believe, me, as a writer, myself, and a one time Journalism student, your inspiration has only just begun. I will see you tomorrow…..

  10. Cherrye – I’m so sorry for all the difficulties you and your family are going through but I hope that having them around can give you some strength and peace. I will say a prayer for you and your father. It’s a beautiful photo of the two of you that you posted.

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  11. Cherrye, you were so kind toward my husband and myself by posting about our fundraiser last year.
    I am so very, very sorry to see you facing your own heartaches now. There is no relationship like that of a daddy and his little girl. I can only begin to imagine what you are going through right now.
    Much care and concern and prayers are directed toward you and your family.

  12. Thank you to everyone who commented on this post and who sent emails, cards and messages. Reading your comments every day was comforting and I feel blessed and grateful for your continued thoughts and prayers.

  13. Carl Villarete


    my condolences. i have not been in your site for quite a few months now until today and read the passing of your father.


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