I didn't get a chance to write you a love letter to be read at your funeral. With my siblings who shared their thoughts, I concur. The only thing I wish to share is this: Out of all of the nuggets of wisdom you enlightened me with, and there were many, the one conversation that comes to mind the most is the time I tried to justify not having another child right away because I wanted to give my child all the things us kids didn't have that we thought were important, (singing lessons, our own rooms, a horse, etc). You then said to me,
Theresa, the greatest gift you can give your child is a sibling. It's the gift that keeps on giving. It is the longest relationship one will have here on earth even longer than our relationships with our moms and dads.
Thank you mom and dad, for giving me my siblings. It is due to your sacrifice of bearing and rearing us 8 children that we have each other, as well as, all our nieces and nephews. Without them your absence would be unbearable.