Thursday, September 1, 2011


It's hard to believe that just February of this year I wrote a post entitled, Sieze The Day

about saying "good-bye" to Mr. O's Mom and here I am just a little over 6 months later having said "good-bye" to my Mom.
Mom passed away with her family by her side on Saturday, Aug. 20, 2011
I can't begin to count how many times people spoke to us about how tough Mom was; and she was. She fought through cancer and beat it over 7 years ago; came back from a life threatening car accident a little over 2 years ago and battled bravely through 3 major surgeries in 9 days this July. I believe she battled back each time for us. This time however her body was just too tired to fight any longer.
It's funny how you can be so "tough" for yourself and yet so tender when it comes to dealing with others but that's just the way Mom was. My words are totally insufficient to say how much she was loved and how much she will be missed.

The Dash
by Linda Ellis

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From beginning to the end
He noted that first came the date of her birth
And spoke the following date with tears,
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years
For that dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth.
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.
It matters not how much we own;
The cars, the house, the cash,
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

Joyce Vivian Harvey n. Leach
April 1, 1935 - August 20, 2011
Rest In Peace


HollyM said...

I'm so sorry about your Mom. I'm glad you had some of the times you spent after her past recoveries.
Now it's your time to recover.

Linda H said...

Wendy, I am so very sorry to hear about your Mom. She was lucky to have such a devoted daughter, and I would say, from your accounts, she did indeed live "her dash" well. I'm sure you have many wonderful memories to comfort you in the coming days. Love and sincerest sympathies to you.
Big Hugs, Linda

Sheila said...

Wendy , my sincere sympathy in loosing your Mom , it sounds like she was a rea trooper and lived life to the fullest and not giving up . Hugs Sheila

Heather said...

Oh Wendy, I am so saddened to hear of the passing of your dear mother. That is a very thoughtful poem that you included. I lost my dear nephew at the beginning of the summer and am still at a loss. Please know that I am sending my warmest thoughts your way,

Anonymous said...

Wendy, I am so sorry to hear about the passing of your dear Mother. God knows she has battled enough in her lifetime, now she is at peace.
My sincere sympathies.
Jackie xx

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