My beloved Aunt Evelyn passed away a few days ago. She would have been 98 in December and lived a long, full life.
To celebrate her life and the legacy of love and wisdom she passed on to me I’d like to share a couple of stories with you.
I clearly remember a conversation I had with Evelyn when I was a young mother. My ten-year high school reunion was approaching and I told her I was embarrassed to go. You see, many of my friends had gone on to higher education and were now nurses, teachers and lawyers. I’d married young and was a stay at home mom with two children. Would I be looked upon as unsuccessful?
My aunt pointed out the importance of my role as a mother who was involved in her children’s lives. She reminded me that as a Brownie leader, I was also building into other lives. By the end of our talk, I saw the value in who I was instead of thinking about who I wasn’t. One of my goals in life now is to help people believe in themselves. I wonder if it stems back to the encouragement I received that day.
Twelve years ago I moved to a different province and was no longer able to see Evelyn on a regular basis. Once a year I would make the trip back to visit. Although her health had declined in the past few years, her mind remained sharp. We enjoyed good talks and lots of laughter. At the end of one visit, she looked me in the eyes and said, “I may never see you again, but today has been nice, hasn’t it?”
It was a bittersweet moment with a wonderful lesson on enjoying the time we have today. Right now is all we can be certain of and we need to make the most of it. Give the hugs; pay the compliments, say, “I love you.”
This is how I choose to remember my Aunt Evelyn. I know that every time I practice living in the moment I will be honouring the memory a wonderful woman who freely shared her love and wisdom with me.
And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love. (1 Corinthians 13:13 NIV)
8 thoughts on “I May Never See You Again”
This is a beautiful tribute to a lovely woman! I, too, have been influenced by a circle of godly, unsung heroines like your aunt. What a wonderful treasure.
Thank you for your comment, Eleanor. We are blessed when we have godly women in our lives. My goal is to be the same way for younger women I am in contact with.
My deepest condolences Tandy to you and your family on the passing of your Aunt. It was wonderful to read about your Aunt and see her photo. She looks adorable. Yes, you just never know if you will see someone again. Big hugs to you, Julie
Thank you, Julie. I want to grow old as gracefully as she did and pass on what I have learned to those coming behind me.
So sorry Tandy. But what a legacy of love your Auntie left and how important it is to recognize what truly counts. I think some of her lives on in you and what greater honour can you give her?
Thank you, Glynis. The staff in the nursing home loved her, she was one of their favourites. That’s the kind of impact you can have with a gentle spirit and humour. I like to think I’ve got some of that in me as well!
So sad to lose a loved one, but she must have been very special. You were blessed to have her in your life.
Thank you,Sandy. I was blessed to have her in life and it was her time to go. She’s out of that wheelchair and dancing now!
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