How do you say goodbye to your mom? I have been contemplating that these last days as I have been sitting beside her. She was the hub of our wheel, the center of our universe. She set an example of a life well lived for all seven of us kids and dozens of grandchildren and great grandchildren. When I visted her these last months as her mind and body began to give way she always asked how about three things:
1. Where are the kids?
2. How are the babies? (the growing number of great grandbabies)
3. How is the book? My publisher rushed a copy to me so I could give it to her before we lost her. And this week as she slipped away my sister read it to her again.
As many as my family could flew in and we gathered around and told stories and sang. Our Navy son “haze, grey, and underway” called in from satellite phone and sang with us…Edelweiss, Edelweiss, every morning we greet you…remembering our days stationed in Germany. All I could think of was the section in the book where I wrote ” I need you to be here.” I need you to be here too Momma. But I know you will be on the wings of angels-and I am counting on you to be in every cockpit and in every dangerous place they may be sent. I am glad the guardian angels will have some extra help. Godspeed faithful servant.