That people come into your life for a reason
Bringing something we must learn
And we are led
To those who help us most to grow
If we let them
And we help them in return
Well I don’t know if I believe that’s true
But I know I’m who I am today because I knew you
It well may be
That we will never meet again
In this lifetime
So let me say before we part
So much of me
Is made of what I learned from you
You’ll be with me
Like a handprint on my heart
And now whatever way our stories end
I know you have rewritten mine
By being my friend…
Who can say that I have been changed for the better?
I do believe I have been changed by the better
And because I knew you, I have been changed for good!”
- excerpt from “For Good” from the Broadway Musical "Wicked"
I posted this two years ago around this time as an attempt to describe what my Mamaw meant to me - a job I am not sure I could ever accomplish with simple words. As the anniversary of her passing draws near, I take it as a time to consider the person I am and people I am pouring love into. I feel as though I have grown over the past two years while there are certainly areas that require attention.
One thing I know for sure is that there is an irreplaceable piece of this girl that left when she did. When I think of the person I so long to be - the person that honors God and her in everything she does, there is an ache and a longing for the things I so took for granted. The way she smelled when she hugged me, the smell of homemade biscuits and coffee in the morning, the way she said "I love you girls" - those are a few of the things I miss the most.
I am reminded everyday to be the girl she would be proud of, and so I thought I would share with you some of the things that she expected of us - her family, her granddaughters, the people who entered her home.
Love and serve God with all of your heart, strength, and mind.
Love your family with all of your heart.
Treat EVERYONE with respect, love, kindness, and compassion.
Work hard at whatever your hands find to do.
Laugh, laugh a lot.
Feed those who are hungry.
Give to those who are less fortunate than you.
I am sure I am leaving something out, but that shall do for now. Please do not take the older generation in your family for granted - especially your grandparents. Love them, listen to them, learn from them - trust me, you will be better for it.