Friday, March 27, 2009

Things I Learned From Mom

I despise public speaking. I'm told I'm pretty good at it but man do I hate it. Mom was sick for a bit of time so I had to come to terms with a few things. One of those was speaking at her funeral. I decided against it both times during my grandparents funeral but this was different. First and foremost I think she would have wanted me to speak. Plus I'm the oldest, I felt it was required of me.

Since I had a bit of time and I knew two months ago that it would be before summer I batted a few things around in my head. I didn't want to write anything down before it happened. I did know I needed to write it down or I wouldn't be able to get everything out.

Of course mom died and then I didn't want to write anything down. Put I pushed back the tears, came up with a topic, and forced myself to write down thoughts on my mom that I think the world should know.

So here is basically what I said.

Things I Learned From My Mom
-Trevor McGregor

I learned that Coke is better then Pepsi, that dogs are better then cats, and you usually should stay on a 16.

Mom taught me that you should be honest with yourself because if you aren't honest with yourself then the rest doesn't matter.

I learned that red cars go faster, that beaches are better the pools, and a sunset is prettier then a sunrise.

Throughout the years she taught me how that nothing in the universe is stronger than a parent's love for their child.

I learned that cancer does suck, I guess she taught that to everyone.

Mom taught me that giving presents is better then getting them, that Star Wars is cool, and that things are usually better with rum then without.

Mom taught me that Eric Clapton can sure play the guitar, that the Rolling Stones can sure put on a show, and that All You Need Is Love.

I learned how to be a sibling because Mom loved Mikie and Mary Jane so much, she taught me how to be a spouse with the love she showed Paul, and I learned how to be a parent because anyone who's ever spent time with Mom knew how much she loved Michael, David, and I.

I learned that sports are better when you can root for people like Terry Bradshaw, Rocky Blieir, John Smoltz, or even Brian McCann.

She taught me that religion is about how you deal with God not how someone else deals with God.

Mom taught me that life isn't fair, it can be mean to everyone.

Grammy taught me that while Mom can say no Grammy's sure can't.

What has helped me most of all these past few days is that mom taught me that everyone dies.

She said not to be sorry for someone dying because it happens to everyone. She said instead of spending time feeling sorry for them you should remember how great they were in life.

I will try not to feel sorry for you Mom, your journey with us is over and you want all of us to focus on the journey that is still ahead of us. I want to thank you for being my Mom and Emily's Grammy.

So while I won't feel sorry for you I sure will miss you, Goodbye Mom.

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Getting Back

I'm slowly getting back to normal. I still don't sleep very well prior to falling asleep. Once I get to sleep I'm sound asleep for the night. The problem is getting to sleep, taking much longer then it should.

I still don't feel much like blogging or really anything but we've done some fun things around the house. We're planning our vacation next summer (we're skipping a big one this year) and that's been fun. Playing some Street Fighter 4, catching up on basically three weeks of TV.

Slowly but surely I'm dealing with this major change in my life but I've got friends and family that have been really helpful.

Sunday, March 22, 2009

Susan McGregor

In September of 2006 my mother was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer. I could go into the details of what stage four cancer is but you could look it up, let me just say there isn't a stage five.

Her 30 month fight with cancer ended last Tuesday. Born Donna Susan Barton on July 20 1951 in Sarasota, Florida. She died Susan Barton McGregor on March 17 2009, beloved wife to Paul and mother of three, Trevor, David, and Michael and grammy to my darling Emily.

The last six weeks were incredibly hard on her so while we all miss her very much we are relieved her suffering is over. I think the world needs to know more about her so I'll write about her some in the next days.

Right now I'm tired and I really am done talking about this for at least the next few hours.

Tuesday, March 10, 2009


Some days are just way more exhausting then others. Today was one of those days.

Monday, March 9, 2009

That's More Like It

Now that is what I like out of 24. Sure it was absurd but man it was full of action and a well deserved Silent Clock. Let's kick some ass Jack.

Monday, March 2, 2009


That was the most absurd episode of 24 yet. For it to be absurd by 24 standards is saying a lot. I'll still watch but man that was just too over the top.

Happy Birthday!

Happy Birthday Ben Roethlisberger. I normally don't care much about celebrity birthdays but you've been pretty good to us Steelers fans.