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7-26-17 Sadie and Otis3 029Thank you so much for your patience and understanding regarding the lack of Naturally Curious posts for the past two weeks. My son-in-law, Waylon, died suddenly and unexpectedly two weeks ago, leaving my daughter Sadie and her two-year-old son, Otis, on their own. I never knew how much a heart could ache.

Because I am technologically challenged, posting remotely from Boston was beyond my capabilities and because I will be living in two places for the immediate future, posts may be sporadic for a while and I apologize. With a little help from a computer-savvy friend, I may manage to post when I’m away. Know that I will do my very best.

A fund (The Sadie and Otis Brown Fund) was set up by Sadie’s incredible friends to help her with the expenses that she will face in raising Otis. (Sadie and Waylon had no life insurance, and Sadie’s job as the recycling coordinator for the city of Melrose, MA just about covers her daycare expenses.) I would like to ask that if you’re ever considering donating to my blog, you consider giving to this fund instead: https://www.plumfund.com/financial-hardship/sadie-brown-otis-brown-fund. Thank you very, very much. Naturally Curious posts will resume tomorrow.

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68 responses

  1. Mary, please know that your family will be in my thoughts and prayers constantly. I have lived through this pain. None of you are alone, even though it may feel like that.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:26 am

  2. Tom Jones

    My heart aches for you as well Mary – caring for yourself and your family is more important to us than your postings, wonderful though they are. Tom

    July 26, 2017 at 6:28 am

  3. Mary, I am so sorry for the loss of a son, father and husband. There are no words really that can express anything close to how you must feel. My thoughts are with you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:28 am

  4. Karen

    So Sorry to hear that . Heartbreaking …

    July 26, 2017 at 6:30 am

  5. Daphne

    Mary, I’m so sorry. Holding you, Sadie, and Otis in my heart.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:32 am

  6. Pat Smith

    I am SO sorry to learn of your loss. Your family is in my thoughts and prayers!

    July 26, 2017 at 6:36 am

  7. I’m so sorry, Mary. This is just heartbreaking. All my best to you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:46 am

  8. Jill Marquard

    Mary, I am terribly sorry. You and your family will be in our hearts and prayers. Love, Jill (and Bryan and Outlaw)

    July 26, 2017 at 6:47 am

  9. Suedawn

    Heartfelt empathy sent out to you and your family for such a devastating loss.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

  10. Julie Filiberti

    I’m so very sorry. May peace be with you and your daughter soon.

    July 26, 2017 at 6:54 am

  11. Tarun Johns

    I am so sorry to hear this, Mary. My heart and prayers go out to your family . Your most important place is to be there for Sadie and Otis just now.>

    July 26, 2017 at 6:59 am

  12. Alice Pratt

    Mary, your daughter Sadie and grandson Otis are fortunate to have a loving grandmother so close by. What a very sad time for all of you. I’m sure that many share your tears and heartache. Sending love and hugs.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:01 am

  13. I am so so sorry for your loss. My father died suddenly when I was 4, leaving my high school-educated mother and me. My heart goes out to Sadie and Otis — please help that little boy understand it was not his fault. Somehow bereaved children assume this is truth.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

  14. Mary Tracy

    Such sadness at this time. Holding you, Sadie, Otis, and Waylon’s family in the Light, trusting that out of this difficult time will eventually emerge great strength.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:04 am

  15. Kathie Fiveash

    Oh Mary, I am so sorry.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:07 am

  16. Chris

    Love and prayers for you all. Holding you in my heart.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:08 am

  17. Wendy Byrn

    Mary,

    I am so sorry for your loss. Please take all the time you need for assisting your family and not worry about postings. Wendy

    July 26, 2017 at 7:17 am

  18. Ben

    I am so sorry for your monumental loss, and for the heartache you feel as you watch and support Sadie and Otis. Sending love to you all. 💕

    July 26, 2017 at 7:25 am

  19. Michael J Doten

    Hi Mary, I’m SO sorry to hear all this. Take good care and we’ll see what we can do.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:35 am

  20. Ms. Sharon J. Wogaman

    Peace, love, and healing for you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:43 am

  21. Henry Holland

    Mary. So very sorry. You and your daughter are in our prayers.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:01 am

  22. Gwyneth Loud

    Dear Mary,
    I am so very sorry for your family’s loss and am holding you, Sadie, and Otis in the Light.
    Gwyn

    July 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

  23. Amy

    I am sure I can speak for all your readers when I say our hearts are breaking at reading this news. I am so deeply sad that your family has undergone this terrible tragedy. I send love and compassion and wishes for a good life to your daughter and her son, and to you as well, knowing that you carry your own grief and that of your daughter and grandson as well. I wish I could do more than donate, but am glad I can do that at the very least. Peace to all of you.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:14 am

  24. judilindsey

    Oh Mary! I was so sorry to read about your son-in-law and your daughter’s situation. I did contribute immediately!

    Please don’t put any pressure on yourself to keep up with your blog at this time. We all understand and can wait until you are really ready to start up again. Take this time and don’t worry about us!

    Sincerely,

    Judi

    >

    July 26, 2017 at 8:18 am

  25. Mary Quinn

    So, so sorry to hear, Mary. Keeping your daughter, Otis, and you in my heart. Post when you can. Care for yourself so you can be there for them.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:25 am

  26. arleen hollenhorst

    My deepest sympathy to you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:27 am

  27. Terry Kuhlmann

    I am so sorry. Your family is in my prayers.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:30 am

  28. Postans, Maryann

    Oh Mary! Sending you lots of love and support. We will make a donation. Love -Maryann

    On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:22 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Thank you so much for your patience and > understanding regarding the lack of Naturally Curious posts for the past > two weeks. My son-in-law, Waylon, died suddenly and unexpectedly two weeks > ago, leaving my daughter Sadie and her two-year-old son, Otis, on t” >

    July 26, 2017 at 8:33 am

  29. Sandra Batchelder

    Dear Mary,

    I am very sorry to hear such upsetting news. It is very painful to see our grown children and grand children suffer loss. Thankfully your daughter’s friends are finding a way to help ease the anxiety of how daily bills will be paid. May all your hearts heal.

    Very best, Sandy

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    July 26, 2017 at 8:45 am

  30. Barbara

    Mary – My condolences to you and your daughter. What a terrible tragedy. There are no words, but please know that loving thoughts are with you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:51 am

  31. marianneblake

    My heart is so heavy and reaching out to you, your daughter and Otis. Take care of your family and don’t worry about “Naturally Curious”. We’ll always be here.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:52 am

  32. Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry to hear this sad news. My heart goes out to you, Sadie, and Otis. I just made a donation to the fund. Please don’t worry about your blog; you have far more important things to do right now. Sending prayers for peace and comfort.

    July 26, 2017 at 8:57 am

  33. Laura

    So sorry to hear your sad news. Of course I will send a donation. Keep a brave heart.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:12 am

  34. This is a heart aching tragedy. I am so sorry for you family’s loss.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:13 am

  35. I am so sorry for your loss. As much as I enjoy your posts, please don’t worry about the them for now. Take care of yourself, your daughter, and grandson. Come back when you’re ready.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

  36. Dolores Gilbert

    I’m so sorry Mary.

    Sent from my iPhone

    >

    July 26, 2017 at 9:19 am

  37. Jodie Rich

    On my gosh Mary, how horrible! My thoughts and best wishes go to your family. So sorry! Jodie

    On Wed, Jul 26, 2017 at 6:22 AM, Naturally Curious with Mary Holland wrote:

    > Mary Holland posted: “Thank you so much for your patience and > understanding regarding the lack of Naturally Curious posts for the past > two weeks. My son-in-law, Waylon, died suddenly and unexpectedly two weeks > ago, leaving my daughter Sadie and her two-year-old son, Otis, on t” >

    July 26, 2017 at 9:26 am

  38. Cheryl McKeough

    Sincere condolences, Mary, to you and your daughter. With her warm smile, Sadie must be surrounded by supportive friends. They will help you sustain her through this. I’m happy to see the donations flow in from us, your blog community. If you need a place to stay while in the Boston area, feel free to contact me.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:30 am

  39. Kathy Schillemat

    So sorry for your loss. Know that your virtual friends are thinking and praying for you, your daughter and your grandson. I will contribute what I can to help. Take care of your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:31 am

  40. Dean & Susan

    Mary, we are so sorry to hear about Waylon and send our deepest condolences to you, Sadie and Otis. Please take care of yourself and your family – we enjoy your posts but at this sad time you and they come first. Big hugs from us, Susan and Dean.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:43 am

  41. Jennifer Waite

    Mary, my heart goes out to you and your family. In the past our family has also suffered an unexpected and devastating loss and unbelievably life moves on and some day you will be able to exist for a moment without your heart breaking. I’m so sorry – do not worry about any of us naturally curious fans – take care of you and yours. hugs.

    July 26, 2017 at 9:49 am

  42. Teri Hontas

    Blessings and comfort and thank you for being so open and sharing

    July 26, 2017 at 10:04 am

  43. timirvin

    Dear Mary – this is just the worst news. So very, very sad. My heart goes out to you, Sadi and Otis.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:15 am

  44. Michele andrews

    I have followed your blog almost from its inception. Please know that your beautiful family is in my thoughts and heart. Please be well. Sincerely, Michele Andrews.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:18 am

  45. Doreen Morse

    Very sorry for your loss. My sympathy to you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:30 am

  46. Lynn Haslett

    I am so sorry for your family. You are in our thoughts and prayers.
    Lynn H.

    July 26, 2017 at 10:50 am

  47. Oh, my goodness! I am so sorry! My Condolences, and Deepest Sympathy! Blessings to you and your immediate family, and other family and friends effected and involved!!! Hang in there! 👼

    July 26, 2017 at 11:14 am

  48. Mary – my heart goes out to you and your family. Please spend your time with them and catch up with Naturally Curious whenever you feel ready. Thinking of you and yours.

    July 26, 2017 at 11:15 am

  49. Joan CC Oppenheimer

    Terrible. We are so very sad for you all and send hopes for strength now and, eventually, mending.

    July 26, 2017 at 11:22 am

  50. Oh, Mary, I am very sorry to read this news.

    July 26, 2017 at 12:06 pm

  51. Mike Choukas

    We are so sorry for your tragic loss, Mary. Our thoughts are with you and your daughter during this sad time. Please forget the blogs until you’re completely ready to resume. – Mike and Nita

    July 26, 2017 at 1:10 pm

  52. Annie McCleary

    I am sorry for your loss. My condolences to you and your family.

    July 26, 2017 at 1:54 pm

  53. Oh Mary! How heartbreaking! for godsake don’t worry about the posts–as fabulous as they are–be with your littles right now. SO sorry this has happened! xoxo Carol

    July 26, 2017 at 2:11 pm

  54. cathy

    So sorry to hear of your family’s problems. Hope you can find peace in nature.

    July 26, 2017 at 4:26 pm

  55. Amy Clapp

    Mary–I am so sorry to hear about the loss for your daughter, your grandson, and you. You, more than anyone I know, might be able to get strength and peace from the natural world around you. Your family is in my thoughts.

    July 26, 2017 at 4:33 pm

  56. Mary, we have not met, but your blog has been an important part of my family’s life for a while now. I am so so sorry to hear this sad news. Please know that I will be thinking of your family and sending love. take care of your people, the blog can wait. With love, Heather Stearns

    July 26, 2017 at 4:57 pm

  57. dace weiss

    So sorry to hear about this. What a dreadful thing. And yes, we will certainly donate. All our very heartfelt sympathies go out to you.

    July 26, 2017 at 7:56 pm

  58. cdhd2017

    So saddened and touched by your news of family loss. It is such a hurting void to loose family that is so close and so loved and now missed. Grief has its own time line. You and your Daughter in law and grandson are held in prayer and wished many laughs through those tears in memory of your beloved son. Hugs

    July 27, 2017 at 9:24 am

  59. joey corcoran

    So sorry for your loss, Mary. I had missed your posts but not as much as you must miss your son-in-law. I will consider sending something when I get back from a trip that I leave on today. Best wishes of strength and tender care.

    July 27, 2017 at 9:57 am

  60. Martha Slone

    So very very sorry for your family’s loss

    July 27, 2017 at 12:52 pm

  61. SONYA WULFF

    This is the part of nature that is the hardest to endure! We are so very sorry for the loss of your son-in-law. You give so much to all of us, thank you for letting us give back in some small way. Love and Strength to you, your daughter and Otis.

    July 27, 2017 at 6:05 pm

  62. Jean Harrison

    I’m so sorry, Mary. Please don’t worry about the blog. You have much more important things to do right now. Start it up again when you are ready and really want to do it.

    July 27, 2017 at 7:47 pm

  63. Annette Goyne

    My heart aches for you, your daughter, and grandson, Mary. Forget about the blog until you’re ready; we all want you to take care of yourself and your family. May you find solace in Otis’s smiles and the comfort from others now and always.

    July 27, 2017 at 10:15 pm

  64. Raquel Zapf

    i’m sorry for your loss, blessings of health, strength and peace to you and your family.

    July 28, 2017 at 8:06 am

  65. Frances Strayer

    Mary, We are so sorry for your loss. Thinking of you and your family.
    Frances

    July 28, 2017 at 8:18 am

  66. I am very sorry for your loss. I will keep you and your family in my prayers.

    July 28, 2017 at 12:34 pm

  67. Mary Marro

    All the joy you send to us will come back around to soothe your family. I am so sorry.

    July 28, 2017 at 8:35 pm

  68. Deb Hawthorn

    Oh, Mary, I’m so sorry to hear this. I would have replied sooner, but I’ve been out of the country with no electronic connection. I can only imagine the shock and loss that you, Sadie, and Otis are experiencing right now. Please know that I’m holding all of you in my heart and wishing you comfort and peace.

    August 5, 2017 at 2:47 pm

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