Remembering Elizabeth Edwards as a mother
I was having a talk with a friend recently about whether you cry over celebrity deaths and I was all snotty about it, no way do I shed a tear over someone I don't know. Well... Elizabeth. You got to me.
The way she carried on publicly in the face of cancer and humiliation, and the sad news of her death, was always with grace. She really inspires me as a mom. She was right when she said all our days our numbered, she was just more aware of hers and did her best to fill them well. We should all take a page from her book.
This statement was released by her just a day before her passing. She can say it better than I:
"You all know that I have been sustained throughout my life by three saving graces – my family, my friends, and a faith in the power of resilience and hope. These graces have carried me through difficult times and they have brought more joy to the good times than I ever could have imagined. The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human.
"But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful. It isn't possible to put into words the love and gratitude I feel to everyone who has and continues to support and inspire me every day. To you I simply say: you know."
-- Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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