Saturday, January 15, 2011

Saying Goodbye

A very dear friend lost her mother this week.  Well, to be honest, she lost her mother little by little over the last few years.  Her mother suffered from Alzheimer's. 

But as I learned over at Bossy Betty's yesterday, it's now time to celebrate life.  And Fleming wouldn't want it any other way. 

Auntie Flemmie loved crossword puzzles.  She enjoyed playing scrabble.  She loved Wheel of Fortune & Jeopardy.  She shared a recipe with me and it's the reason I make a pretty decent pasta sauce.  It was her home that welcomed us during her family parties.  It was her most beautiful smile that just made me feel all was okay in our world.  Not that age matters, but she was 92.

This was the prayer that was on the back of her prayer card:
One gift, above all others
God gives us to treasure
One that knows no time and place
And one gold cannot measure.
The precious, poignant, tender gift
Of Memory...that will keep
Our dear ones ever in our hearts
Although God gives them sleep.
It brings back long remembered things
A song, a word, a smile
And our world's a better place
-- because
We had them for a while!
(Author unknown)

Rest in Peace, Flem.  Thinking of you fills me with serenity.  I pray the same for your kids and grandkids.


Laura said...

PK - great prayer on the prayer card. And, I believe that when someone leaves us in this world, age does not matter. Whether that person was 9 or 92, it still hard and it still hurts.

Tracy said...

I read your post earleir yesterday and wasn't able to comment since the computer I was on wouldn't allow me to...however, if you stop by and read mine, the theme this week seemed to be death and goodness, all we can do is know that regardless of the age, death is difficult.
I'll be thinking of your mom and her friend as well as the family!