I Am My Mother’s Legacy

May 9, 2012

Today is the one year anniversary of my mother’s ascent to Heaven. There is a part of me that feels like I should be so sad, and of course part of me is, but my mother filled my life with such love, laughter and joy that she will always be alive inside of me and what I am really feeling today is gratitude.

I am so grateful to have been shaped and guided in life by this beautiful, loving spirit that I call Mom. My mother was a dichotomy of herself in that she was an exceptionally strong woman who could accomplish anything she set her mind to, and yet at the same time, she was a soft, kind, tender and loving woman who truly cared about everyone around her.

My mother’s greatest legacy is not how successful she was in her career, not how she cared and loved for her family, not her zest for life, love of dancing, silly jokes or unbridled spirit; I am my mother’s legacy…my sister is my mother’s legacy…and all of those whose life she deeply touched and affected are my mother’s greatest legacy.

My mother gave anyone who knew her the gift of love, strength, compassion and courage. This was not an intentional act forced upon us, it was something she taught us by example in the way she lived her life each and every day. It is now our honor to carry on her legacy by living our lives to the fullest and to the best of our ability. I take great pride in celebrating her legacy in living my life by her standards and in what she taught me.

To steal Dan Fogelberg’s Lyrics (and filling in appropriate gender) ~

“…her blood runs through my instrument and her song is in my soul…my life has been a poor attempt to imitate the woman…I’m just a living legacy to the leader of the band.”

So Mama, I hope you’re up there in Heaven dancing with Daddy and, as always, being the life of the party! I’m sure Dad’s playing your song for you….

(She loved Tom Jones!)

♥ With all my love ♥ ~ Susan