You left us just before sunrise. We were all with you to help you move on. Now we are striving to be as strong as you were, as strong as you believed we are.
Thank you. For music; your dark sense of humor; your meditative story telling to help us to sleep; for teaching us the meaning of life and the impermanence of suffering; for loving our mom so beautifully and completely; listening and responding in song; allowing us the freedom to make mistakes; for 20 years of coaching soccer; and for loving our partners and children and always being interested in us and all the things that interested us.
We love you. For teaching us to love, to think for ourselves, question authority, and never let the man get us down; for being humble and kind and gentle and strong; all the building, fixing, maintaining, and making us help; and for letting us style your hair on quiet Saturday nights.
We will remember you always. For your strong hands that could do anything, your brilliant mind and bright eyes, your open smile, your wry wit and your quizzically raised eyebrow; for your unwavering compassion for all beings, showing us the beauty in simple things; your Valley Girl accent; for “petting” our babies; your enthusiastic dancing; and your unique and imaginative way of telling long, sometimes tall tales about your life, education, and world travels, as well as everything you heard on CBC.
You were well loved and will be terribly missed.