“On your birthday today I should light 90 candles, or four to mark years you missed by death's greedy clutch. I looked all summer for your favorite yellow snapdragons but they were out of favor in the markets, then growing near those of last year, a small fall bud let me know you are still there with me.
“How quickly the years pass and yet the memory of you never fades from my mind's view. Spring brings new buds around your last, and they spring up yellow your favorite color, and I wonder if you have a hand in it? Childish wondernment, and hope as well. Somehow I know you know how much it means to me to see those yellow blossoms that I didn't plant.
“Time marches on relentlessly, without you here to mark the birthdays, Christmases, anniversaries. The spirit of you, Mom, is thankfully all about and sprinkled over every day.
By Laura Jean Zito
Nigh gone now winter's chill
Seasons' slides and ascents still
Your November birthday celebrated with your verse,
Anniversary day of your passing
Soprano memories of you made chorus with whistling wind through cold church eaves,
Birds called out my name
As you were fond of doing
When I sought you out for sowing of forget-me-nots
Holidays celebrated with your spirit...
“HAPPY BIRTHDAY! what would have been your 88th, my dearest mother, missed every day, and especially today! Knowing you are woven through my life through my memories keeps me going, no matter how difficult the path. So glad now for all we shared, and how you lit that path for me in the time we spent together. Never could I stroll the streets of Dublin without feeling your spirit around me. I hope all will come to appreciate your wonderful gifts and loveliness.
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A Memorial Mass for Eleanor Shiel Zito, 86, of Wynnewood, Pa., who died Dec. 26, 2012, will be at 11 a.m. Dec. 31 in St. Paul's R.C. Church, Stone Harbor, N.J., with a viewing at 10 a.m.Read More