Hey, You Slackers

We don’t ask much from you, but would you please consider Betty Cracker’s mom in your thoughts this morning. I don’t believe in religion, but I believe in positive energy, and I believe in good people. Betty is a good person, and I am sure her mom is too just because they share the same bloodline, so let’s have some focused positive thoughts for the elder Cracker.

And no, I don’t mean Rush Limbaugh, even though he is another cracker in Florida.

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    Gretchen says:

    Sending good thoughts, your way, Betty.

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    As we Quakers say, Betty, I’m holding you and your mom in the Light.

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    gene108 says:

    Prayers and positive thoughts that your mom can recover.

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    Anne Laurie says:

    Prayers and pixel-hugs, Betty C!

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    Fort Geek says:

    Well-wishes from the opposite end of Florida (up in the Armpit, aka Southern Alabama).

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    raven says:

    Thinking of you and yours Gator Girtl

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    Luci says:

    Yup… As @Mustang Bobby says, I’m holding you in the light too, and I will hope for all good things to you and your Mom and family.

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    WereBear says:

    May light surround the whole family.

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    c u n d gulag says:


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    JPL says:

    Betty, Thinking positive thoughts for you and your family. Hugs to all of you.

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    MomSense says:

    Keeping you and your mom in my thoughts, Betty.

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    Elizabelle says:

    Best wishes to Betty Cracker’s mom, and the guinea pig child, and all loved ones.

    Hoping this is not your mom’s time to leave, that surgery succeeds and that the mom gets more quality time with you all. Peace.

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    MazeDancer says:

    Sending much Light and Healing Beams to you, Betty, and you Mom, and your whole family.

    In just that one beautifully spoken comment you made your Mother be so present. Thank you for “introducing” us all.

    She is way too young and vibrant to have this happen. Rage seems quite appropriate. Though you all have so much love together, it sounds, relying on that abubdance will, here’s hoping, be your strength and shelter.

    Continued Light to You

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    Aimai says:

    Oh betty: all my love and all my thoughts are with you and your mom. May you both find everything you need.

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    SiubhanDuinne says:

    Betty, I’m so sorry you and your family are having to go through this. Please know that you, your siblings, and especially your mom are wrapped in the whitest of light, the warmest of fuzzies, and the most embracing of virtual hugs. From what you wrote about your mother in the thread downstairs, she sounds like a terrific person.

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    Steeplejack (tablet) says:

    Sending healing energy to your mom, Betty.

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    currants says:

    @raven: Yes, Betty. In the light, from now until.

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    OzarkHillbilly says:

    My wish is for a strong heart and an even keel Betty.

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    gogol's wife says:

    I’m praying for Betty’s mother and the whole family.

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    jenn says:

    Best of wishes to you and your mom, Betty, and to all your family.

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    La Caterina (Mrs. Johannes) says:

    @gogol’s wife: We’ll say prayers for Betty, her mom and kin. You are cared for by many here, Betty.

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    SuperHrefna says:

    Betty there are big atheist internet hugs coming your way from me – I am so sorry that your mother’s beautiful light is being dimmed so early. It is so cruel.

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    Ash Can says:

    What a shame to see Betty, her mom, and her family going through this. How terribly unfair. Here’s hoping the doctors’ fears are unfounded and that Betty’s mom gets back on the right track soon.

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    Ferdzy says:

    Another one here holding Betty’s Mom in the light.

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    greennotGreen says:

    The Force is strong in the Balloon Juice community; know that you and you family are bathed in that good light. Best wishes on the road ahead.

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    martha says:

    Oh Betty, I’m sending all the good wishes I can to you and have been since I read about your mom. I lost mine in November and those last few weeks were pretty horrible so I think I know something about how you’re feeling. Just know that many of us share your anxiety and pain and will be here to shriek at the world when you’re ready.

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    WaterGirl says:

    The thing about my mom is, she’s a real character– hilarious, sarcastic, brilliant, takes no shit from anyone.

    Now why does that not surprise me? Betty, you have described yourself, as well as your mom.

    I’m betting your mom is a force of nature. If anybody can get through this, I suspect she has better odds than most. Sending love and hugs, and and wishing you:

    Peace, to soothe you; Grace, to hold you; Love, to comfort you.

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    Cermet says:

    My best wishes just as every one here who reads your post are thinking as well

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    Dead Ernest (Thought Wrangler) says:

    Betty, Dear…

    There’s no getting around how hard this is, how bad, how painful, it feels. I feel for you sister.
    You are, of course, going to be okay – but, yeah, nothing feels okay now. It shouldn’t.

    The most powerful and important relationships cause the most tremendous, and overwhelming feelings when they come to, when they look like they are coming to, what seems to be the end.
    You are going to be okay.
    Thinking of you and yours.

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    max says:

    I’m sorry it’s going down this way Betty. I hope Mom pulls it out.

    [‘She’s a year older than my mom and I can imagine how much that must suck.’]

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    Cheryl from Maryland says:

    Rooting for your mother and your family.

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    scav says:

    all the best

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    Gex says:

    All my best thoughts and positive vibes are going out to your mother and you, Betty. Really hoping for a positive turn and some good news for you.

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    Josie says:

    Thinking all the positive thoughts I can muster for your Mom, for you, and for your family, Betty.

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    Fuzzy says:

    Good vibrations from California streaming your way.

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    kc says:

    Oh, Betty, I’m so sorry.

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    Just One More Canuck says:

    Best wishes for you and your mom, Betty

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    everbluegreen says:

    Delurking to say that you and your mom are in this agnostic’s prayers, or what passes for them. My heart goes out to you and your family and I hope so much that your mom pulls through.

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    lurker dean says:

    all the best during this tough time, betty.

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    tokyo expat says:

    Sending lots of positive thoughts your way from half across the globe.

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    imonlylurking says:

    I’m so sorry, Betty. Thinking good thoughts for you and yours.

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    rikyrah says:

    Putting your family in my prayers.

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    Angela says:

    Another Quaker here holding you and yours in the Light.

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    TaMara (BHF) says:

    I see the Balloon-Juice light workers have come out for you and your mom Betty, and I will add to that. Keeping your mom in the light and sending positive energy your way. [[hugs]]

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    a hip hop artist from Idaho (fka Bella Q) says:

    Betty, you, your mother, and all of your family are in my thoughts.

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    Nethead Jay says:

    Yeah, been there, wasn’t ready to let go either. Lots of light to your mom, your family and you.

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    Betty Cracker says:

    A very heartfelt thank you to you all for your thoughts and good wishes. It means more to me than you know.

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    Manyakitty says:

    All in here in Akron. Keeping Betty and family in love and light.

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    SIA says:

    Betty, just saw your comment about your mom in the foodie post. I’m familiar with what you’re experiencing and sending prayers and light. I hope no matter what happens you’ll find some comfort & peace. You’ve made me laugh countless times and I’m so sorry your family and your mom are going through this. Best.

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    dp says:

    Jeezum, so sorry to hear this. From one cracker to another, thoughts and prayers for your mom, you and your family, Betty.

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    sherparick says:

    Betty, I send my hopes that she soon rallies and recovers. You and your family take care.

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    Omnes Omnibus says:

    Good thoughts from up here in WI.

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    Tehanu says:

    So sorry to hear this. I just lost my dad a couple of weeks ago — he was much older than your mom and had been fading for a long time, yet I’ve been reeling with the grief, and I literally can’t imagine how much pain you must be in, or how anyone copes when it’s like that. I do hope it helps you to know that you have friends you’ve never seen or met who are pulling for you and your family now. Love and peace and hope to you all.

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    Dee Loralei says:

    Betty, your mom and you and the rest of your family are certainly in my thoughts. I hope the love you feel from all the Juicers out there give you strength and you can feel the love from this community, you’ll need it.

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    BubbaDave says:

    Your mom and your family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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    Comrade Mary says:

    Oh man, Betty, this must be so hard for all of you. Warm thoughts wafting down from Canada for you all.

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    Felonius Monk says:

    Lighting a mental candle for your mom and you. Peace be with you both.

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    Mnemosyne says:

    Sending positive vibes cross-country. At least with my dad and father-in-law, they had health struggles for years, so we were somewhat mentally prepared. It must be so much harder to have this pop up out of the blue.

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    StringOnAStick says:

    All my best, Betty for you, your mom, and your whole family. Adding my white light to the pool of healing.

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    askew says:

    Prayers and wishes for you Betty Cracker and Betty Cracker’s mom.

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    Riley's enabler says:

    Sending love and warm white light to you and your entire family, Betty. Strength and love.

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    Chat Noir says:

    Chicago chiming in to send positive thoughts your way, Betty. I lost my dad two years ago after a brief illness (he was 83) so I can understand your situation with Mom Cracker. My three cats are also sending positive kitty vibes to you and your family.

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    Carrie says:

    I’m so sorry, Betty.
    Sending you love and positive thoughts.

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    Yatsuno says:

    I’m late as usual, but :: hug :: to you Betty and your whole family. I hope this will pass and your mom ounces back feisty as ever.

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    Elie says:

    Betty —

    My thoughts and prayers are with you.

    My own mother, who is much older, is struggling with advanced heart failure and it is very difficult to watch your Mom suffer. Your mother is much younger at 67 (Mine is 92), but no matter what age, its huge — very huge…even as we pursue a hospice approach where we know extraordinary measures will not be done —

    Blessings to you and only the best to you and your Mom and family…

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    Ann Marie says:

    Betty, I’m so sorry your mother is going through this. I hope she pulls through. My prayers and positive thoughts go out to you and all your family.

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    eric says:

    Peace to your heart Betty. Health to your mom. Joy to you both. Good luck.


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    Karen in GA says:

    Betty, thinking of you and your family. I’m so sorry you’re going through this.

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    Linkmeister says:

    Best of Hawaiian wishes to you and yours, Betty.

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    JGabriel says:

    Betty, best thoughts and wishes for your mom, you, and your family. I went through something similar where my mom, who’s the same age as yours, almost died a couple of years ago. She pulled through, if that helps – meaning that people still recover sometimes despite age and infirmity.

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    kindness says:

    Several really good sun salutations went out to Betty’s Ma. It’s 70 and spring. Lovin’ it but wish I was playing in snow up on the hill. Such is the good life.

    Betty..hang in there.

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    chmatl says:

    Betty, you are such a funny, perceptive, cut-right-through-the-bullshit writer here. I think I speak for most people in this community when I say I’d love to know you IRL. It breaks my heart that your family is going through this. I have very personal experience with doctors’ dire predictions being wrong, so I say, keep holding on to hope. Best wishes to you all.

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    pat says:

    So sorry to hear of your mom’s failing health. She’s much too young for this to be happening!!

    Sending good thoughts your way.

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    Violet says:

    Late to the thread, but sending good thoughts your way and healing thoughts for your mom.

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    Lyrebird says:

    Late to the party, but sending prayers & good thoughts, for sure…

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