Short notice, these are the times when you understand that the present holds important memories for your future.
Time passes and people come and go into your life, sometimes with Short notice they are gone.
Some are more forgettable than others, and then there is Bert..... I knew the first time I sat at her kitchen table she was not going to be forgettable! Hearing how she became a wife at such a young age, leaving her family in Oregon, it became clear I was in the presents of a very strong, independent woman, who lived life out loud.
She concord challenges and always was looking forward, and even though we had somewhere to be that evening (we where running late), her story captured my imagination.
We sat at the table for an hour at least, as her stories came to life...and in the months that pasted every time we stopped at the house another story was waiting.
Each time we would say goodbye Pete would kiss his mother on the cheek while holding her in an endearing hug, not just a short hug but a uplifting, embracing hug that lasted, sometimes was repeated before we could get to the door. I can still hear her say I love you my darling, and that is usually when the hug was repeated...
I only knew Bert for a short time, but what a long lasting impression she will have on me. I feel she showed strength and love through out her life and passed that gift to her children, she gave all of you the best gift on earth, each other! What a great legacy to have left, a legacy of love and family to share it with.
As a mother and a woman, I can only hope I preserver through life, good times and bad with so much love at the end, that I too will leave a everlasting impression with such Short notice..