FROM THE EDITOR'S PEN /
My friend Rick’s
grandmother passed away a few weeks ago at 94
years of age. I wrote about her when her
son (Rick’s dad) took ill a few years ago:
...unfortunately, Rick's dad needed a
quadruple bypass, which the rural hospital near
his parents' home was not equipped to perform.
Within days, Rick and his mom were living in a
small hotel room, more than 100 miles away from
home, near the teaching hospital to which his
dad had been transferred.
grandmother, also known as Maw Maw, called from
back home, she quickly heard the stress in her
grandson’s voice and knew she had to help out.
Within minutes, Maw Maw was on the phone, giving
orders to the extended family in a voice so
commanding that Rick swore he could hear her
from two hours away.
By the end of
that evening, aunts and uncles descended upon
the hospital and created a "triage" team
designed to support Rick and his mom as they
cared for their patient. Maw Maw, of course, was
on hand to oversee her supportive army of family
members. She told Rick’s dad that when he was
better, he would accompany her on her miles-long
daily walk through the mountains. At 87, she
would even slow her pace to accommodate her
This story is
told to illustrate that sometimes, as a Fearless
Caregiver, our job is to find that one person
best suited for any particular task, and to step
aside as she performs the magic only she can do
so very well.
But Maw Maw’s lessons did not end when she
passed, not by a long shot. She wanted to
make sure that the lessons that so inspired her
life were not lost on her descendants.
She made sure that upon her passing, each member
of her family received their own copy of the
wonderful children that I love so much…Mom
lasts, it is good to remember that death is
And it’s good
that we don’t know when.
It keeps us
alert, reminds us to live while we have the
We should live
our life to the limit every minute of every day.
want to do, do it now. There are only so many
Maw Maw is walking on greater mountains now,
but I know that her lessons have been well
received by all who are willing to listen.