People have said you have “earned your wings” when you get to heaven. It’s because of your kind and giving heart. You would never let anyone be left out in the cold without a home. I can’t even remember how many people you have opened your home to because they had no home of their own, including Ron’s 5 grandchildren and their mother when they lost their home. You have done this all while home-nursing Ron with ALS and still holding down a fill-time job. Now, these 5 kids have become your own grandchildren. When Ron was diagnosed with ALS you never questioned whether or not to take care of him. You asked, “How can I not?” I know you had dreams of your own and how your life would be with him; growing old together and watching the grandchildren running and playing. None of this is to be. You never imagined your life would be this difficult but, yet, you have withstood it all and continued on. Your faith in God has kept you going. Remember: He does not give us more than we can handle. You always put others before yourself. Your faith is an inspiration to me and other who have know you. I know there is a reason why you are here on this earth and you don’t need to wait until you get to heaven to wear your wings…you already have them. You are a guardian angel to so many people that your wings will be well worn! Every life you touch is richer for it.
I wrote this to my mom in 2005. Five years later it is still true. She is still caring for Ron (who needs 24/7 care because of ALS) and his grandchildren. She does it because she says it would be wrong not too. I was once asked in a job interview who I admire the most. I said, “My mother”. I think the interviewer was expecting me to say “Oprah” or some other celebrity. But it is true. People who give everything to others, especially those who get nothing or hate in return, are the people who inspire me. Happy Mother’s Day!
Love, your daughter
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