ON THIS DAY
(I spoke at my mother’s Celebration of Life service on August 29th, 2016. Here it is.)
For the past several years my mom was living her life in a wheelchair unable to do much of anything, losing the strength to hold a book or spoon, stay awake very long or to even speak.
This could be frustrating at times for her, this once independent, active person. And, I’m sure when she thought back to her prime years, that she found joy and satisfaction in those memories.
Sometimes on my visits I would read from one of her old journals she’d so faithfully kept for most of her life, and we’d both marvel at how much she used to do in one day. As her memory failed, her own written words from years past were interesting and enlightening to her.