Through the years, my mother was the glue that held the family unit together. No matter where our lives led us, mom knew what each of us was doing and would report to the others what was going on in each others lives.
My mother was a care-giver....always ready and willing to help others. She cared for sick relatives; worked at church as a mentor, spiritual leader, or just answered phones; she often volunteered her time at the hospital, with VEAP and was always oncall at a moments notice. Everyone could count on her to lend a helping hand, wherever the need arose.
My father was my hero ~ he was everything I ever hoped to be!! He was a hard-working carpenter, provider, husband, father, mentor, teacher, Bible study leader, writer and much more. After retiring from being a Carpenter Superintendent, you could often find him volunteering his time with Habitat for Humanity or working in the hospitals print shop.
When my parents were in their early 50's they spent two years working in the Peace Corp. They were stationed in Bathurst, Gambia (now called Banjul). They learned the language and worked with the people of that town. What an experience!!
My mom taught school during the first year and then worked with two French speaking Anglican priests, teaching them English. My dad worked for the Public Works Department teaching construction techniques to improve their lives.
They even went back-packing through Europe on their way home. They traveled through 9 countries in a short time frame.
I don't think I ever realized just HOW strong their love was for each other until after my mother died. Dad tried to fit in at the nursing home, but each time we talked with him - you knew he missed mom more & more each day.
Just 18 short days after my mother died ~ my father followed her. I think that their love for each other was SO strong - that where one went, the other just naturally followed. I'm learning to be at Peace with this idea.
I found a favorite, younger version of my parents....they always had a smile on their faces and mother always had that twinkle in her eye. The only thing important was that they were "together".
Dorothy - 16 Jan 1925 to 5 Nov 2011
Barley - 17 May 1920 to 23 Nov 2011
One of my wonderful Spark friends - SAMI199, sent me a link. This fits my parents perfectly and fits my thoughts of them, but I warn you....you might need a hanky!!