My thoughts on Slackware, life and everything

Last wish

Sending off my mom to a new adventure.


  1. Alan Polinsky

    Eric: All final trips, no matter how expected or unplanned, will last forever. I hope the journey was well planned, and everything before was wonderful. May you be in peace.


  2. goarilla

    It’s a little hard to understand the meaning of this because of the the distance of the subjects in the photo. But am I seeing you, granting your hospital bedridden mother a last look and whiff of the ocean ? If so … well done. I couldn’t grant my father nor my mother’s last wishes and I regret it sincerely.

    Cheers and more to you in these trying times,


    • Didier Spaier

      Eric, our heart goes out to you.

    • alienbob

      These guys made it possible: WensAmbulance Brabant

  3. Andrew Patrzalek

    She has a good son. In my way, my prayers are with you both.

  4. Lysander666

    Well done, Eric. All the best to you.

  5. Peter

    As a Christian, I would like to share with you one poem(if you dont mind), that always reminds me of my caring Father.


    One night a man had a dream.
    He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the Lord.
    Across the sky flashed scenes from his life. For each scene
    he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand;
    one belonged to him, and the other to the Lord.
    When the last scene of his life flashed before him,
    he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
    he noticed that many times along the path of his life
    there was only one set of footprints.
    He also noticed that it happened
    at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.
    This really bothered him and he questioned the Lord about it.
    “Lord, you said that once I decided to follow you,
    you’d walk with me all the way. But I have noticed that
    at the worst times in my life, there is only one set of footprints.
    How could you leave me when I needed you the most?”
    The Lord replied ” My precious, precious child,
    I love you and would never leave you.
    During your times of suffering and when you see
    only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you.”

    • alienbob

      I am not religious but that poem is very moving because it speaks of unconditional love and care.

      • brian

        when you lay your head down, be sure to thank GOD for Jesus,, Eric

  6. George Nielsen

    Peace be with you, Eric!

    George (AKA hitest)

  7. Pete Martin

    The moments we spend together are what makes life worth living. The here and now is everything and using it to enrich lives is a noble use of that time. You have given so much, and in other areas of your life we wouldn’t see if you hadn’t shared this with us.

    Thank you and I hope your mother’s lessons, likeness, and memories of her live in in your family for generations.

  8. Fred

    Eric: You’re a good son. I’m sure your mother loved this and I know you’ll have this memory forever. Making an ill person smile, if only for a minute, gives them a peace they may not have had in a while. You have my condolences and admiration. May she rest in peace.

  9. LoneStar

    Good way to start that adventure.

    Take care, Eric.

  10. Tonus

    That’s a great wish. Glad it could be granted.

    Best regards

  11. Robby


  12. Marco

    Hee Eric.
    Mooie foto en mooie actie.
    Sterkte met alles wat er gaat komen.

    Groet. Marco

  13. Deny Dias

    My parents are still around. I live far away from them tho. When their time comes I wish I could give’em just what you gave to your mom, Eric.

    I don’t need to know your mom to tell you this: she went away well aware her offspring is the living testimony of her legacy. This is powerful and meaningful to anyone knowing where the important things in life are.

    I wish peace for you and your family.

  14. Jim Hanley

    Now THAT is a proper sendoff! I’m so pleased, Eric, that it all worked out so you could gift your Mom with such a Life experience. I’m not religious at all, probably to some a heathen, but Life, Time here on Earth, alive and aware is the ultimate value, physical, spiritual, however you see it as we write our stories on-the-fly and you helped your Mom write a proper book, a story with a Happy Ending, a gift from her loving Son.

    My Mom died last weak at the age of 96 after 2 strokes but she was present to the last, so I am particularly moved by what you accomplished for your Mom, Eric. It may be odd to use a comic book quote, but in my book, “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown”. (Hope that translates well) Best wishes in all you do. Salut!

  15. tallship


    My thoughts are with you and your family, yet with some happiness for her wishes that were realized, in this time of your loss, and I’ll keep you and your family in my prayers.

    Kindest regards,




  16. Kalaha

    Accompany your mother as long as possible. a lot of strength to both of you.

  17. Jen

    <3 I'm sorry to hear. I'll hoist a cold one for her.

  18. Mike

    Well done!

    As my own mother approaches the end as well, I can only hope I will possess an equal amout of fortitude and warewithal to grant her a last bit of joy when her time comes.

    Love and peace to you and your family.

  19. Mark Foley

    Condolences Eric. My mother took the same trip not long ago. I sympathize.

  20. Chris Schrauben

    Lost my mother a little over three years ago. Glad you were able to pull that off, such a great gift.

  21. Ponce

    my heartfelt condolences to you and your family, Eric.

  22. Fabio

    This is such a poetic gesture and it honors you. I know what it means to a son. Condolences

  23. Bev Lekx

    My condolences Eric. But nicely done. I’m sure your mom appreciated it.

  24. Eduardo

    My prayers and sympathies to you and your family Eric. You are a good son.

  25. Wayne Smith

    Good on You. My wife has MS and loves the sound of the waves and the smell of the ocean too.I think we’ll be doing our last camping trip this summer. Her scooter doesn’t work well on the sand. She also has trouble climbing the steps into our trailer (caravan) . We are in our late sixties.

  26. tim

    Glad you were able to show your love to your mum in this way at this time. I’m sure she was blessed.

  27. Steve Cahill

    Love , time and memories are eternal. Blessings to you and your Mom Eric.

  28. Isaac Yu

    Eric, all my condolences to you and your mother!

    Thank you for all your contributions to Slackware!

  29. jean etienne

    All my sympathies to you and your family Eric.

  30. Gérard Monpontet

    Condolences, Eric.

  31. Peter LeClair

    My condolences to you and your family. Such a gift to give your mother, and such a place for calm and memories.

  32. Pete C

    Please accept my best wishes and sympathy to yourself, Mother and family. I am glad you could arrange this for her.

  33. Tom aka TheTKS

    Eric, I’m glad you were able to give your mom her last wish. I wish both of you peace.

  34. Gabriel Yong


  35. Sattva

    One of those inevitable experiences of physical life. May your mother continue on her journey to other realms in peace. And may you find contentment in a responsibility well served.
    Regards and best wishes Eric.


  36. Antonio Leal

    Eric, may your mother feel complete in you, in her live, and in peace.
    You have shown her your love once more, may you also be at peace an keep for the future the best memories of your moments together.

    Abraço de Lisboa,
    António Leal

  37. Francisco

    Hi Eric

    My sincerest condolences…

    May God give you and your family strength for this loss and peace in your heart…

    She just got ahead of us on the road. She is in a happy place.

    From a distance, We stay with you in these difficult moments of your life.


  38. Christopher Grimaldi

    Hi Eric,

    I just caught up with this. My condolences to you and yours. I lost my mom 3 years ago this Friday. She was sick but it was still unexpected. It is a crazy part of life and definitely changes you. She lives on in my head and heart. I wish you peace and hope you celebrate her life in your own way. Be well my friend.

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