Thursday, April 14, 2016

Thankful Thursday - Legacy.

"What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone monuments but what is woven into the lives of others." Pericles. 

My neighbour's daughter came over yesterday. She stood at the door crying. I knew right away - her 96 year old mom had died in the night. "She was my best friend. What am I going to do without her." 

Her words slipped inside me - Her mother was an amazing woman - kind, gentle, caring and always chatty. She had wanted to stay in her own home and her daughters accommodated her. They came everyday to take her out, have supper with her, laugh and chat, and ensure she was happy and content. Her grandkids came too. They mowed the grass, took out the garbage, shoveled snow. 

She left her family with an remarkable legacy - that of love and respect. And for me, knowing her and her family has been an honour. She unknowingly taught me some huge lessons - moms love, respect, appreciate and become best buds with their kids by simply being human and kind. 

I'll miss amazing lady but her legacy lives even in me - When I'm old and my kids are all grown up with families of their own, I hope they too will speak of me like my neighbour's daughters do of her. 

Happy Thursday, Guys. 


Connie said...

I'm sorry to hear of the passing of your neighbor. It sounds like she was well loved.

Sharon said...

Now that is the kind of legacy I want to leave behind, too. I'm sure you'll miss your dear neighbor, and her children will surely grieve. But, her love will continue, and that's what counts.

I want people to always know, even now while I'm still alive, that I love Jesus with my whole heart, and love them that way, too.


Launna said...

From everything I read about you Nikki, I am sure your children will speak wonderful of you... I am sorry for the loss of your friend... I am glad she was able to live her life the way she wanted to xox

Sandi@ Rose Chintz Cottage said...

What a lovely legacy your dear neighbour left behind! I am sorry that she has passed on. Sounds like she had a wonderful personality and everyone loved her. I'm glad her family indulged her wishes and she was able to stay in her home.
That's the kind of legacy I too would like to leave behind; well loved and respected. If folks can say of me, "She was a woman of God," then I will know my life was well lived. Thanks for your lovely post and have a great weekend, Nikki.


Lowcarb team member said...

So sorry to read the sad news - but this wonderful lady has left special memories in everyone's heart and her legacy will live on.
I feel sure that yours will to ...

Wishing you a peaceful time.

All the best Jan

Lux G. said...

I'm sorry to hear about that. But wow, what an inspiring woman. It's true. When we leave this earth, our memories in others heart will remain. Let's strive to be a good one. :)