Life can turn upside down in a heartbeat — or in a lack of a heartbeat.
Last year I told you about my father’s passing after a long, difficult illness. At the time I wrote, “My father’s death has reminded me — viciously and viscerally — just how short life is. If you delay your plans, hopes and dreams too long, you may never experience their reality.”
Today I am trying to cope with the loss of my mother, who went suddenly. One day she seemed healthy, the next she was on medication for heart irregularities, and then she was gone. I’m glad she didn’t have the long, drawn-out suffering that my father did, but the family is in shock.
I’ll remember her for a lot of things — after all, we did have a 50-plus year history together.
Most recently, though, I appreciate her encouragement about our plans to move overseas. Just after my husband and I returned from our Panama scouting trip, she told me she was proud of us and thought we were very forward thinking.
I hope we can continue to make her proud by fulfilling the hopes, plans and dreams we have for our lives.