I must admit to feeling a bit melancholy these past few days.
Perhaps you know why. My mother-in-law passed away nearly a week ago. I wrote about her just the other day. We laid her to rest Friday in a cemetery near us in Collin County, just a few minutes north of us.
This kind of emotional response is to be expected. It’s happened to be many times before at the loss of loved ones: my parents, my grandmothers and one of my grandfathers (the fourth grandparent died when I was an infant), several of my beloved aunts and uncles.
As we have done in the past, we likely are going to seek to cure this feeling of loss by sharing memories of my mother-in-law.
She lived for 93 years. She was a big part of our life for more than 20 years, notably with her retirement in 1997 at the age of 72. We moved her from Oregon to Amarillo, Texas in May 1997; she lived with my wife and me in our newly built house for about 11 years. It was the right decision for us and for her at the time.
Time, though, took its toll on her. We eventually move her into a residence set aside for the elderly. Then she needed assisted living. Finally, she moved to a nursing home, which is where she died.
I am feeling a bit blue at this moment. Yes, I’ll get over it. So will my wife and my sons, both of whom have many grand memories of Grandma upon which they will be able to draw.
I have them, too. So does my wife.
I am left merely to acknowledge what we all know to be the obvious, which is that death is part of life.