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TAKE. MOM .HOME

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THE STORY:

MY MOM, LYNN WAS DIAGNOISE WITH CANCER IN 2005. I WORKED FOR A MAJOR CARRIER FOR 20 YEARS. I TOOK 6 MONTHS OF FMLA (FAMILY MEDICAL LEAVE), PACKED UP MY HOUSE, LOADED MY DOG AND OFF WE WENT TO FLORIDA.
WE HAD A GREAT 6 MONTHS TOGETHER – WE HAVE ALWAYS BEEN THE BEST OF FRIENDS, TRAVELED TOGETHER, LIVED TOGETHER, WE WERE ALWAYS THERE FOR EACH OTHER. GETTING ON A PLANE, FLYING FOR SOMETIMES 16 HOURS ONE WAY, TO HAVE DINNER TOGETHER, GOING HOME THE NEXT DAY WAS NOT UNCOMMON - MY BIGGEST SUPPORTER AND I HER'S.
MOM WAS FROM WESTERN AUSTRALIA - WE SPENT MANY YEARS THERE. AS A KID IN BUSSELTON, AS AN ADULT IN SYDNEY. WE OPENED A BAR IN SYDNEY, RENTED A HOUSE WITH A POOL, WE HAD A BLAST! MUM, WAS NUMBER 333 IN THE AUSTRALIAN NAVY, SHE FLEW WITH THE DUTCH AIRFORCE AS A RADIO OPERATOR...DA DA DITI DITI...THEN SHE JUMPED ON A FRIEGHTER AND CAME TO AMERICA! SHE MOVED TO LOS ANGLES AND WENT TO THE HORSE TRACKS IN SANTA ROSA. AUSSIES LOVE TO BET! SHE WON ENOUGH TO BUY A HOUSE, FURNISH IT AND BUY A PINK CADILLAC. SHE LOVED AMERICA AND SHE BECAME AN AMERICAN CITIZEN.
I ADMIRED HER, RESPECTED HER, LOVED HER, AND I MISS HER.
BACK TO FLORIDA IN 2005, MY SISTER CAME FROM NEW YORK. WE WERE TO HAVE A WEEK OF FAMILY TIME. MY SISTER DECIDED THAT ON HER FIRST NIGHT, AT DINNER, TO DISCUSS HOSPICE. THERE WENT THE FAMILY WEEK. THE FOLLOWING DAY, THE SHIT HIT THE FAN. MY SISTER DECIDED MOM NEEDS TO MOVE TO NEW YORK. I CAN STILL SEE IT LIKE A PICTURE - MY MOM, AT HER KITCHEN TABLE, IN HER PINK NIGHT GOWN, HER BIRD SCREAMING ( BIMINI – A BLUE AND GOLD MACAW), 32 GALLON TRASH CANS SURROUNDED HER, SUITCASES SPREAD OUT ON THE FLOOR IN EVERY ROOM. SHE WATCH IN HORROR AS HER LIFE WAS TOSSED INTO A CAN. MY PROTEST AND MY ANGER, I WAS THROWN OUT OF THE HOUSE. IT WAS SO UPSETTING TO MOM, I LEFT TO ELIMINATE ANYMORE CONFUSION FOR HER. I HAD TO SNEAK IN TO GET MY DOG OUT. MOMS HOUSE WAS EMTPY EXCEPT FOR HER CLOTHES, HER BIRD AND SOME FURNITURE. EVERY THING ELSE WAS GONE. MY SISTER LEFT MY MOTHER, IN HER EMPTY HOUSE, ALL ALONE. OVERNIGHT MY MOM WAS A SCARED OLD SICK WOMEN.– FOR THE FIRST TIME IN HER LIFE – SHE WAS DEPENDANT ON SOMEONE ELSE – BUT THERE WAS NO ONE ELSE THERE.
SHE WAS TOLD TO SELL HER DUPLEX - SHE DID.
SHE WAS TOLD TO MOVE UP TO NEW YORK WITH MY SISTER - SHE DID.
SHE WAS TOLD MOVE HER PROCEEDS FROM THE SALE OF HER HOME TO MY SISTERS INVESTMENT ACCOUNT - SHE DID.
SHE WAS IN THE NEW YORK HOSPITAL 4 TIMES IN 4 MONTHS – FROM FALLING DOWN.
SHE HAD LOST 40 POUNDS IN 4 MONTHS.
I WAS NOT ALLOWED TO TALK TO HER OR SEE HER. IN JANUARY 2007, I FLEW TO NEW YORK. UNINVITED. I SPENT A FEW DAYS AT A HOTEL. . I FLEW BACK HOME.
I WAS IN SHOCK TO SEE HER CONDITION- I FOUND MY MOTHER WRAPPED IN BANDAGES - ON HER LEGS AND ARMS, HER "BEDROOM" WAS A SINGLE BED IN THE MIDDLE OF A ROOM THAT WAS PACKED WITH MY SISTERS LIFE, HER BIRD IN A CAGE SCARED AND COLD, MY MOTHER OUT IN THE GARAGE AT -20 DEGREES SMOKING.
2 WEEKS LATER I WENT BACK AND GOT HER. I DID NOT TELL MY SISTER. I JUST WENT AND BROUGHT HER HOME. HOME TO MY HOUSE. WHAT EVER SHE HAD ACQUIRED IN LIFE WAS GONE. EXCEPT SHE STILL HAD ME, HER BIRD AND HER BED.
WE SPENT 10 DAYS IN A HOTEL IN NEW YORK UNTIL SHE WAS WELL ENOUGH TO TRAVEL. THE BIRD HOTELED AT THE LOCAL VET. I HAD FEDEX SHIP HER BED TO COLORADO – THE ONE I HAD BOUGHT FOR HER YEARS EARLIER – SHE LOVED HER BED. I TYPED UP LETTERS STATING THE BIRD WAS A COMPANION ANIMAL – SO THE BIRD COULD RIDE IN THE CABIN. SO HERE WE ARE – EWR AIRPORT – A WHEELCHAIR WITH A BEAUTIFUL BLOND – A MEDIUM DOG KENNEL WITH A BEAUTIFUL SCREAMING MACAW PARROT – A PORTABLE OXYGEN MACHINE – COATS ( IT WAS WINTER) – CARRY ON BAGS – AT LEAST 3 SUITCASES – A RENTAL CAR - AND ME.
. I TOOK MOM HOME
WE HAD TENNIS, THE BIRD, THE KIDS IN THE NEIGBORHOOD, BBQ’S, SMOKING IN THE HOUSE, TURNING OFF THE OXYGEN – TURNING IT BACK ON, WE HAD MUSIC, LAUGHTER, PICTURES, MEMORY LANE AND LOTS OF STORY TELLING!
WE WENT SWIMMING, WE WENT SHOPPING, WE WENT FOR COFFEE, WE LIVED TOGETHER AGAIN. WE LIVED.
WE HAD EACH OTHER FROM FEB 2007 UNTIL NOV 2 2007. SHE PASSED AWAY IN HER OWN BED, WITH HER BIRD BY HER SIDE, AND ME, THE VERY SAD DAUGHTER.
I MISS HER EVERY DAY, I WANT SO MUCH TO TALK TO HER, HEAR HER LAUGH AND SOFT KIND VOICE. SHE WAS ALWAYS 100 PERCENT IN WHATEVER SHE DID, PEOPLE WHO MET HER, NEVER FORGOT HER. SHE OVERCAME WHAT EVER WAS IN HER WAY, SHE WAS NOT MEAN. SHE BELIEVED IN HERSELF AND SHE LOVED HER KIDS. SHE WOULD BE SO DISAPPOINTED TO KNOW HER FAMILY WAS GONE WHEN SHE LEFT THAT COLD MORNING.
TO THIS DAY I FEEL IT WAS ALL A LIE- A FAMILY – A MOM, DAD, A BROTHER AND A SISTER. THE DAY MOM DIED – MY BROTHER CALL THE LAW TO SAY I HAD KILLED MY MOM. MY SISTER KEPT CALLING FOR HER ASHES. COME TO FIND OUT THERE WAS A SERVICE IN FLORIDA, TO WHICH I WAS NOT TOLD OR EVEN MENTIONED IN THE SERVICE. I HAVE KNOWN MOM’S FRIENDS FOR YEARS – LONG TIME FRIENDS – NEVER HEARD OR SEEN ONE SINCE. I HAVE NOT SEEM MY BROTHER OR SISTER SINCE 2007. I USE TO FLY TO SEE THEM EVERY COUPLE OF MONTHS, IT HAS BEEN 7 YEARS SINCE I HAVE NOT EVEN TALKED TO THEM.
I WOULD HAVE NEVER EVEN IMAGINED THAT THIS WOULD BE MY LIFE NOW.
23 YEARS EMPLOYED – NOW NO JOB SINCE 2006– TOO OLD TO EVEN INTERVIEW MEI I LOVED MY JOB. MY JOB WAS ME. I FLEW ANYWHERE. BOUGHT A HOUSE. HAD A DOG. HAD A TRUCK. FOUGHT 2 FORECLOSURES – STILL IN MY 105 YEAR OLD HOUSE.
MOM UPROOTED FROM HER FLORIDA HOME – ENDS UP IN NEW YORK IN THE MIDDLE OF WINTER – SMOKING IN A UNHEATED GARAGE – AT LEAST SHE GOT TO KEEP HER BIRD. NEVER SEEING OR TALKING TO MY BROTHER OR SISTER AGAIN.
MOM STOLEN MY ME – TO COLORADO, ITS STILL WINTER, BUT SHE IS BEING FED AND WATERED. THE US TENNIS OPEN ON 24/7, SMOKING, BIRD, TREATED LIKE A QUEEN – SHE WAS MY QUEEN.
MOMS ASHES ARE STILL IN COLORADO. SHE WANTED HER ASHES IN THE PACIFIC, THE ALTANTIC AND THE INDIAN OCEAN. I DO NOT HAVE FLIGHT PASSES SINCE I WAS FURLOUGHED. I HAVE NOT WORKED SINCE MY LAYOFF FROM THE AIRLINES. I WANT TO FULLFIL HER LAST WISHES. I AM ASKING FOR DONATIONS TO GET ME TO AUSTRALIA AND TO TAKE MOM HOME TO HER FAMILY. I PROMISED HER I WOULD. HOW WOULD I HAVE KNOWN THAT NO ONE WOULD EVER HIRE ME AGAIN, OR THAT I WOULD GET OLD WITHOUT MY JOB AND FAMILY. WITHOUT MY JOB, MOM IS SITTING IN A CAN ON A SHELF, TRAPPED. SHE WAS A WONDERFUL PERSON. SHE DOES NOT DESERVE TO BE ON A SHELF – NEVER HAS.





I HAD 83 CANDLES ON HER ICE CREAM BIRTHDAY CAKE THAT LITE UP THE SKY MOMS 83 BIRTHDAY



MOM LEFT ME AT 630 IN THE MORNING ON THE 2 NOVEMBER 2007. I WAS BY HER SIDE, SO WAS HER BEAUTIFUL BIRD AND SHE WAS IN HER OWN BED.

THE ABOVE PICTURE IS MY FAVORITE OF ALL. OH HOW I MISS HER.
PLEASE HELP ME TAKE HER HOME. MY GRANDMOTHER AND GRANDFATHER ARE BURIED IN MARGARTE RIVER, WESTERN AUSTRALIA. MOMS SISTERS – BUBBLES AND PATICIAIA AND HER BROTHER – BILL ARE ALL TOGETHER AT THE GRAVEYARD IN BUSSLETON, WESTERN AUSTRALIA.
BILLS WIFE, NORMA, IS STILL ALIVE AND LIVES IN WESTERN AUSTRALIA.

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