Almost two years ago now – and Auntie Helen is still going strong and climbing her mountains.
The flowers remain on the dining room table, as fresh as the day they arrived. The table, however, is empty where there was, only days ago, a cornucopia of never-ending goodies.
The best part about the Malloff reunion (Mom’s side of the family) is the arrival of the clan and everything afterwards. The worst part is when they leave. I get the sense of what it feels like to be “empty-nesters”. Yuck.
Leaving Auntie Helen, Mom’s sister, at Toronto International today was like losing Mom again. The two could not be more different – nor could they be more alike. Nonetheless, it was our clan’s matriarch, Auntie Helen, who brought everyone from across Canada and the US to celebrate our family. This reunion happens once a year but this year was the first when neither my Mom nor Dad were in attendance. Well, at least they…
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Two years later.. he is still smiling in my heart!
One of my wife, Paula’s favorite songs was composed by Charlie Chaplin and her favorite rendition was sung by the man with the golden voice, Nat King Cole: Smile
I’ve re-copied the lyrics for your reading pleasure (feel free to sing along in your head as you read if you like!)
As I have reached yet another mile-stone in my life and feel myself with less and less energy, I have felt it important to smile. And that’s what people who meet me comment on. I’m glad I can make them smile.
Smile, though your heart is aching
Smile even though its breaking
When there are clouds in the sky, you’ll get by
If you smile through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll see the sun come shining through for you
Light up your face with gladness
Hide every trace of sadness
Although a tear may be…
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She never seems to age. Her beauty is as timeless today as it was then.
She carried herself with grace and dignity.
I think of you, Mom, on this day, and every day.