Monday, April 11, 2011
It would have been Marie's 84th birthday on the 14th but sadly she passed away last Thursday, so instead of seeing birthday celebrations this week sees her funeral. Tears are being shed, but a life is also being celebrated. A life that mattered.
Marie raised three children and I've lost count of the grandchildren, family was everything to her. She and her husband worked hard to earn the money to raise the children and give them the best they could, but the greatest gift given was unconditional love. Marie may have questioned her children's decisions at times, but she never withheld her love and I believe all were secure in that knowledge. When my own marriage ended I did not lose Marie. She would ring and send cards and often lit candles for me, which she very much believed would help me through whatever thing I was struggling through. She lit candles when I was studying, she lit candles when I had cancer and she lit candles when my marriage ended. Her love stayed true and I will always be grateful that I knew such love.
Everyone who comes into our lives leaves behind a gift. Today I sit and reflect on my times with Auntie Marie and what her special gift was to me. I can only come back to the word love.
I'm reading a book by Petrea King called "Your Life Matters" and it seems very apt. Auntie Marie didn't fight life, she moved through it, enjoying it as much as possible and she bought love and a sense of peace to others.
"Your life matters, You are not here by mistake, by chance. You are here to make a contribution that can only be made by you. Your value does not lie in what you do but who you are. You are the gift." Petrea King.
Thank you Auntie Marie for being a gift in my life. I love you and I always will.