Elegy

I’m holding in my hands a book that belonged to someone I knew very well, but never met! She left this world last month, at the age of 90, so I’ll never get to see her in life—but we shared something extremely special: We loved and cherished the same two people, her son and my daughter.

Ilene and Curtis met after each had lived through terribly traumatic situations and found in each other solace, friendship and love.
Sally, Curtis’ mother, lived in North Carolina and, because of health issues, could not attend their wedding in New York. But that didn’t keep us from being long-distance pen pals. We’d remember each other’s birthdays and anniversaries and send notes about what our children were doing. Ilene and Curtis spent their summer vacations in North Carolina so she got to know and love her daughter-in-law as I did her son.  

Somehow, every time Sally planned to visit Westchester, something intervened to prevent her from doing so.  
I’ve learned, though, that you don’t need to meet someone face to face to love and appreciate them. Interestingly, the kinship between us was there before we ever learned about each other because, oddly enough, we looked very much alike!

Sign Up for E-News

I’m reading one of the last books Sally ever read and I can feel her essence and being on every page. I sense her wonder and delight and will savor the story even more so for what she left as she scanned each page.  

I read the words through Sally’s eyes as well as my own. She lives on in the hearts and minds of her children and also by sharing with me her enjoyment of not only the written word, but of life itself.

Farewell, my friend.

The opinions expressed herein are the writer's alone, and do not reflect the opinions of TAPinto.net or anyone who works for TAPinto.net. TAPinto.net is not responsible for the accuracy of any of the information supplied by the writer.

TAP Into Another Town's News:

You May Also Be Interested In

Sign Up for E-News

Somers

Birthdays are Awesome Gifts

I celebrated my birthday last week, surrounded by the love of family: What a joyful occasion. I’ve thought about past celebrations and how tremendous it was to be remembered and loved. One such birthday was a real hoot.

As you know, my mother’s birthday also was in May. Years ago, we were having family over to celebrate her day; because of busy calendars, the party was scheduled ...

A Royal Foil

Because of my deadline, I’m writing this before the fact, but I never received my invitation to the royal nuptials last Saturday. Not even ONE invitation. Nothing. I was camped out at the mailbox all week, and even had a tip for the mailman, and also one from Christmas, which must have gotten lost in the mail. 

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle didn’t announce the guest list, but ...

Layers

Once upon a time, before computers and texting and email and Facebook, we had telephones with dials. They spun around and connected us with the live voice of whomever we were calling. That’s what telephones were used for: talking to other people. They had an ear piece and a mouth piece and we made what was known as “conversation.”

Today we have layers. If we use phones ...

She had file envy

Who says paperwork is not sexy?! This week, I was so impressed (and even charmed) by the paperwork and systems of two different women. I was even a little envious. In the first case, my client Lois in Ardsley decided that it was time to get her paperwork in order. After six years of shifting paperwork, a dysfunctional home office, an international move and the purchase of a new home, she had HAD ...

BOCES… What’s in a Name?

Do you ever wonder what BOCES stands for? We associate the name with a center of learning that supplements the general curriculum of local high schools by teaching students specialized trades. Beyond that, does everyone in the non-BOCES population, those who have no direct connection to the programs, fully appreciate the priceless value it brings to our communities’ young adults and their ...

Dog Allergies, Part Deux

“I have some good news and I have some bad news,” I told my husband.

“Give me the good news first.”

“OK. The vet doesn’t think the dog’s ear infections are from a food allergy after all, so we don’t have to keep feeding him that hypo-allergenic food,” I said.

“Hallelujah,” shouted my husband. He was understandably ...