|Mama and Me|
Born in San Francisco, my mom is actually just past the Boomer category, but she had me late in life, landing me betwixt Gen X and the Millennials. It's always just been the two of us and we share a special bond (but don't let that fool you, we bicker and grate each other's nerves like any other mother-daughter on occasion). But when it comes down to it, we have the same nerdy sense of humor, quirkiness and passion for life. I was raised to believe in the importance of education, equality, kindness, tolerance and justice, the best-quality fresh produce at local farmers' markets, and a love of reading and the arts. There were always crafts projects and a huge box of costumes and theater makeup around and Mama encouraged the wildest of outfits (embarrassing photos of which there are simply too many to destroy).
|Grandma and Me, photo taken by Mama|
From one of Jude's favorite SSC actors and new friends, Charles Pasternak:Dearest Jude, It was such a pleasure to meet you last week. Thank you so, so much for all your kind words. It's such a pleasure to know that one's work is appreciated and that there are wonderful people such as yourself keeping this beautiful theatre alive!
|Mama Living in Spain in the 1970s|
|Mama's Bat Mitzvah Party on our Deck|
Recent email Jude received from a friend...
I swear, you have a magical way of impacting people you speak with. I think they feel your sincerity and interest, and warm to it. You are memorable! Hold that close to your heart in gloomy times, Jude.
|In Burning Man costumes|
I'm grateful Mama has been able to enjoy so many experiences in her life, yet it feels much too early and I am deeply sad that she will likely not get to experience being the mother-of-the-bride or a grandmother. I'm sad for both of us. Until Mama was diagnosed, she was a thriving, sprightly, vivacious, tech-savvy, fiercely independent, quick-humored senior who scoffed at the age label, but loved the discounts.
|Mama in Golden Gate Park several years ago|
Luckily, Mama's Neuro-Oncologist (brain cancer specialist) and Neurologist have given the medical okay to take #MamasLastWishTrip2Venice and we plan on spending a month in her beloved city culminating in her 70th birthday there. Finding an apartment that's essentially handicap-accessible with views of a canal from sitting inside seemed near impossible, but finally we were able to get the perfect place for our special trip with the help of ViewsOnVenice. We're now working on securing the flights we need to be on, but we're short on necessary miles (any #United or #Continental miles donations would be hugely appreciated). We've decided: SCREW BRAIN CANCER, WE'RE GOING TO VENICE, ITALY!
|Mama sharing her watercolors with a new friend in Venice|
and local friends are welcome to Buon Viaggio celebration we'll have a couple weeks before we leave... graphic invite to come! We'll be blogging and sharing lots of photos so subscribe already to both of our blogs and connect with us on social media, we'd love to hear from you! :)
Thanks for your ♥ and support!
By the way, if anyone knows #JohnnyDepp, who also has a deep affection for Venice, please extend an invitation for a spritz in Venice! You never know, right?
Since United Airlines refused to accommodate the many generous air miles donations that poured in from friends and strangers alike (cap=15k/person/year), we set up a secure, free YouCaring.com site for those who'd like to Help Sponsor Mama Jude's Last Wish Trip to Venice, Italy. We greatly appreciate any and all support and encouragement during this difficult time!