…Halina died and no one knows it. Other than me and Ted, a couple of care workers and a few friends. There’s no service, no memorial. Halina’s ashes will be tossed to sea by some hired company who takes care of that sort of thing. This is my way of remembering Halina, and letting people know that she lived, and that, in spite of my mixed feelings about her, I did love her.
I want to share the surname Van Patten. This is my husband’s surname. Simply, this Dutch name means “from Putten.” Whether your surname is Van Patten, Van Putten, Van Petten, Van Putte, Van Patter, or any other variation, you are most likely part of the same family.