Wednesday, May 25, 2016
A Mother's Bucket List Wish
My mom, Jane Marlowe had been suffering from Lung Cancer for almost three years. She put up one heck of a fight. We lived in different states and I have spent about half of the last three years visiting her and going with her through her treatments. She loved life so much. She was an amazing artist. I honestly think she could have made a living with all her artistic abilities. She could paint, do crafts and cook delicious foods. She was passionate about her religion and animals. After putting up the strongest fight that I have ever witnessed, she started going down hill with no chance of getting better for a while this time. So, they put her in Hospice. She called me one day and said a nurse had asked her if there is anything she wished she would have done. My mom said she told her, her entire life she has wanted to howl with the wolves. May sound funny or strange, but she did so loves wolves. When she was telling me the story, I was thinking wow, this is her bucket list and how in the world am I going to be able to make this happen? I started calling all over the USA with no luck. I was actually losing hope. Then, I received an email from Kathy Baudendistel at the Wolf Creek Habitat in Brookville, Indiana. We talked for a while and I explained to her about my mom. I told her that my mom wasn't able to travel. Kathy never even hesitated. She said that they have just had a litter of wolf cubs and she would be happy to bring one when it gets older to visit my mom. WOW!!! I thought, could this really be happening? Can my mom's bucket list wish really come true? Then, my stomach kinda sank when I wondered if she could even possibly make it until the the wolf was old enough. Then, I thought, her wish is to howl with one. This one is just going to be very young, can it howl, will it howl? This now, was my mom's motivation to keep fighting a while more. Every time we talked on the computer or phone, she would ask me, are they still bringing the wolf, and she herself had expressed she didn't think it would be able to howl. Well, I thought, at least she will hold an actual wolf. I had made plans to visit my mom again and during that time, is when Kathy had said she could bring the wolf cub.
The day has finally arrived. Kathy and her kind associate, Julie both showed up at my mom's house. My mom hadn't been doing very well at all. She hadn't been eating, talking very much, was in immense pain that morphine wasn't even helping in the slightest. Then, when Kathy and Julie brought in the cub, my mom's entire demeanor changed!! All of the sudden, for the first time, my mom was actually glowing! They brought in this incredibly beautiful cub. My mom reached out and they put it in her lap. Mom started howling but the cub had other plans. Kathy and Julie had just driven 2.5 hours and that little wolf wanted to play. Mom kept smelling him saying she loved how it smelled and had no idea it would smell like that. Then, she started howling again. Even Kathy and Julie weren't really sure the pup was ready to howl, but, my mom just kept howling away. Then, the cub started howling with my mom!! During their visit, the wolf howled about five times with my mom and she got to hold it. At one point, I look and my mom had gotten down on the floor to play with it. Now this is a woman with no energy, not hardly moving and she just jumped on the floor.
Seeing my mom, watching my mom with the wolf the emotions I felt were nothing I had felt before. Just knowing, the ONE thing she wanted to do before she passed away, was actually happening in front of me and my mom looked like a little girl on Christmas day. I felt so so very grateful for the kindness from Kathy and Julie. They were sweet towards my mom. They went over and beyond anything I could have ever wished for. At the end of the visit, they gave her and even me a cute plush wolf.
A HUGE thank you to Kathy and Julie from the Wolf Creek Habitat. (http://wolfcreekhabitat.org) for making this happen. Kathy never asked for one penny and drove 2.5 hours each way. I am forever thankful. They visited my mom on April 19th and she passed away on May 9th. See the pictures and watch the video below to see her howling with the wolf.
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