Saturday, January 29, 2011

Patricia Ann Testimonies Part 3

Patricia Ann testimonies part 3. 
In this blog and ones to follow (as I have time), I want to share the testimonies from other family members.  I want to get them documented in writing so those that were not able to attend the service can read the beautiful tributes to our Patricia, mom, grandma and grammy.  From Steve:

In Viktor Frankl's book - Man's Search for Meaning, he has a paragrah:


We who lived in concentration camps can remember the men who walked
through the huts comforting others, giving away their last piece of bread.
They may have been few in number but they offer sufficient proof that everything
can be taken from a man but one thing: the last of human freedoms-- to choose one's
attitude in any given set of circumstances, to choose one's own way.

I have never admired you more than when I witnessed your fight with this cancer.
In your pain and suffering you only thought of others. You demostrated true courage
in your attitude towards your cancer. You have kept a sense of humor and positive
outlook. As you were walking down the hall the other day, you said that you didn't
think you would suffer the symptoms of pregancy in your 70's. These are all outward
signs of your inner strength. You are my hero.

You do not envy the young. Instead of possibilities, you have realities in the past,
not only the reality of work done and of love loved, but of sufferings bravely suffered.

When you reached a point that you could not raise yourself , I would bend down and lift you
to adjust the pillows behind your back and neck. One day as I lifted you to adjust
the pillow behind your back, you had a gleam in your eye and you kissed me on the
cheek and gave me a big smile. As I lifted you to adjust the pillow behind your neck , you had
a brighter gleam in your eye and kissed me on the cheek again and gave me an even bigger
smile.

I wish I would have lifted you a thousand times that day.

I love you Mom,
Steve

Click here for testimony part 1
Click here for testimony part 2

1 comment:

  1. Steve, What a wonderful tribute you are to your Mom in your life, your words, your actions. That gleam in her eye meant as much to her as it did to you; how blessed you both are.
    Donna Reynal

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