Remembering Elsie

My mother-in-law Elsie died yesterday. It wasn’t a shock. Mini-strokes and life had taken a long, slow toll. And yet, you’re never really prepared. There’s always a sudden, painful hole. It seems your heart can never plan for loss. At least mine has never been able to.

I don’t want her to just slip away, another flame of that Great Generation suddenly a wisp of smoke. And so a modest post, a picture of her on a particularly happy day – my wedding, when we were all much younger and the future was bright. She embraced me with an open heart, a warm welcome, and kindness that never faded.

I’d like to think there’s a bright new star shining out in the cosmos, or a new angel kicking up her heels and trying out a fresh pair of wings.

10 thoughts on “Remembering Elsie”

  1. What a wonderful tribute! My mother-in-law was one of my best friends. You are right about never truly being prepared for the death of a loved one. All of my family is gone except for my sister. I miss my parents and my mother-in-law especially. You were fortunate to have such a fine person in your life.

    Re your question on Ocala: I’m not sure but I think there was a period when those stone houses were popular. I’ve seen others in Ocala’s historic area. The stone would make a good building material for the Florida heat.

  2. I echo Lowell. Both you and she were blessed to have each other in your lives. I have lost parents and 1 brother (I have one brother left) but I talk to them regularly and feel they are with me, particularly in this great adventure in the Pacific Northwest! On one can take those memories away!
    Thoughts and prayers go out to you and yours.

  3. Your remembrance and tribute to your mother-in-law is something I hope my son-in-laws will speak or at least think of my wife and I when that time comes. Maybe that’s the purpose in life – to leave a hole in many people’s heart when we are gone.

  4. Your tribute to your mother-in-law is beautiful and moving. Just before reading it I had checked Shreve Stockton’s blog at Her post on 7/11/2012 titled “In The Dark.” It refered to her experience the night before under Wyoming stars.It may be interesting to you since it relates to your post anout your mother-in-law’s death. Perhaps, as you wished, the Cosmos responded!

  5. Janice, that is amazing and very touching! Thank you for sharing the link; I would not have otherwise found it. It actually leaves me speechless. Thank you so much!

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