Saturday, January 30, 2010


I thought that my writing had ended with the end of Jane's story, but I wanted to share something with you all. We came home today, and found something wonderful in our neighborhood

and at my brother's bar downtown.

And just as amazing, a stack of cards somehow waiting for us already, all reading "Jane was here". I've seen it on Facebook, and Twitter, and blogs, and, best of all, on the March of Dimes website (where some amazing friends have been donating in Jane's name). I'm overwhelmed with gratitude. You are lovely people.

Speaking of gratitude, can I just take a moment to single out my sister and her family? Jenny and her husband Kevin and daughters (Sarah's Awesome Cousins Tess and Molly) opened their home to us for nearly three weeks. Jenny came to the hospital with me when Jane was first brought to Boston, and Jenny and Kevin were there with us when she died. They drove with us back to Vermont today. They've kept me, Tom, and Sarah functioning. My sister rocks.

And so do you, invisible readers. I'm touched beyond telling by your response to Jane's story. Thank you.


artandsoul said...

You and your lovely family have been on my mind all day. I'm so glad to know you are home. And to see declarations of Jane's presence.

Here too. Here in Tallahassee. Here in my heart.

Much love,


annachorn said...

Tia, I'm so happy you were enveloped by your sister and her family, and also by your thoughtful neighborhood on your return home. Lots of wonderful people in the Universe.

And, personally, I think your writing days have only just begun.

You and Tom continue to remain in my thoughts and prayers. Love, Ann

Anonymous said...

Hi Tia and Tom,

You don't know me and I don't know you. I became aware of Jane when my grandson was also in the ICN in Lebanon and have lurked on your blog for weeks, hoping and praying that there would be a different outcome.

Jane was a very special little girl, who was fortunate to be born to the parents that she had. You and Tom have been amazing in so very many ways that they are difficult to count. You had strength, determination and dedication and an incredible amount of love for your girl, Jane. She knew she was loved even though it was such a short time. And in return she gave as much love as she was capable of giving. You all were blessed in this way.

Please know that Jane was here in Bangkok, Thailand with me.

Warm healing hugs to all of you.

Meredith said...

Thanks for this lovely post. It's good to think of you at home. I hope you continue to feel comforted and loved in the days ahead, and know that we are still thinking of all of you.

Jane was here.

Raspberry said...

What Meredith said--exactly, yes.

You know, it does sound like you intend for the blog to come to a close, but FWIW, if you chose to keep updating your readers on your family's journey, for however long you like, I bet you would have a lot of faithful readers.

Jane was here, and we miss her.

mommatosena said...

Thanks for the returning home update! I have been checking the blog daily hoping for more words to comfort me! Yes, your blog is comforting me during your time of loss. To know that you are home, with friends and family. Please know that we are still thinking of you and sending prayers for continued peace and strength.

Jane was an incredible soul and she touched me and my family deeply; along with many friends of mine who joined me in praying for sweet Jane. I am greatful to your sister and her family for the love, support and help in keeping you functioning. I am happy that you are all home and that your neighbors have engulfed you all with their love and support.

Jane was here. Jane will always be here in our hearts.

Ann and Raspberry are both correct...your writing days have only begun and you have faithful readers. With love


Cate said...

I'm glad you're home and being cared for. Your family sounds amazing. It's in the genes, I guess.

I hope you keep writing, too.

Jane was here.

josie said...

We're all here with you. Thank you for continuing to share your experience. I believe this may more than just your need to document and express your feelings. It may also be about those who need to HEAR your story as well. Jane's impact is far reaching.

Angie said...

I am thankful to hear you have such supportive family and neighbors surrounding you.

Grief is such a private thing, and so I understand your urge to bring this blog to and end. Count me among the many readers who will be here waiting if/when you do feel comfortable sharing in the future. Your writing is powerful and touching. It is you who gave us the gift that is Jane.

Anonymous said...

Hi t,
I'm so glad you are home and were welcomed so warmly. I'm making my list of comfort foods to bring over ASAP... And I just want to put an exclamation point on the comments above that have been supporting your writing. I too hope you keep it up, whether private or shared here or anywhere. It's a true gift, and I among many are grateful to Jane for being the catalyst to getting your voice out there. In the meantime, continued love and support and prayers for healing...

Jill said...

Tia, I just found your blog. I am touched by how many people care and love Jane. I am sure she has touched many people as I know she has touched me just by you writing about her. Sending you LOTS of LOVE!


MichaelRyerson said...

I don't mean to intrude. I'm a complete stranger and I happened here by serendipity, pure and simple. Please accept my heartfelt condolences and be assured Jane was here as well.

Karen said...

Tia, I'm so happy that you got home and were able to find some small comfort in the signs (literally) that Jane was there. We have been thinking of all of you since Thursday and continue to send you love.

And yes, your sister and her family rock.

Jane was here. We miss her.

Tasha said...

How gorgeous. The kind thoughts of your neighbors brought tears to my eyes.

And I agree with others - you will have readers as long as you choose to write. You also have friends around the world, thanks to Our Girl Jane.