Fare Thee Well Baba

January 15, 2012

My Dear Ones,

Say fare thee well to Baba, the last Hutsulka from Zhabie, the Black Mountains in the Ukraine, born January 27, 1923.

Beau and I are in Arizona. We were told she was taken by ambulance to the hospital in Tennessee. One day later, with Leilah by her side, her signs of life ended and we got that awful late-night call.

Leilah heard her say, “It’s okay, my love luv”...and that she heard “the flautka.”

In those moments, right before she passed, we were in fact praying and Beau was playing the flautka for Baba ~ she heard all that distance away.

She was about to be 89, although she told us she was going to be a hundred. It’s been that way for the last few years, “I ‘fraid, next year I a hundred.”

At the hospital she asked, “Am I going to go home now?”

Yes, Baba, you’re going home.