It's been over a week now since I last posted here. On May 19, my mother-in-law Flora suffered a serious fall. In the ensuing hospitalization, an underlying heart condition was discovered and her condition--bad to begin with--deteriorated rapidly, and she died on Friday. She was a remarkable woman, and I will write more about her in time, but not yet. We have been preoccupied first with her accident and care, then with her death. Yesterday, in the aftermath of emotions and family, I sat down and began embroidering a new patch on my jeans, as we begin now our own mending, both visible and invisible.