Much to my mother’s delight, Aunt Lottie was much more lucid this time than on previous visits. It was a privilege to witness the love pass between these two sisters who have shared eight decades on this planet together.
During a conversation at lunch (part of our mission is to take Uncle Jim out to give him a break from his 24/7 bedside vigil), my mother was reminiscing about her father’s accidental death while working at U.S. Steel and the resulting compensation that enabled my grandmother to move herself and her three daughters to Arlington Virginia. Mom remarked, “It was the best thing that could have happened.” Uncle Jim lit up and said, “Well, it’s the best thing that ever happened to ME!”
As I was saying goodbye to Aunt Lottie, I told her not to give Jim too much trouble and that I’ve never seen a man who loved a woman more than he loves her. I pray that Truth will settle into its own perfect place.
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