Louise never married so she was always generous with my children, enjoyed them immensely, encouraged them, and considered them family. She had the loudest laugh of anyone I ever knew, and she used it often. She also had exuberance and appreciation that knew no bounds. We loved it when Louise came to stay, but, when Louise left, we needed a rest from her energy, volume, and enthusiasm.
Louise retired from a lifetime of teaching just a few months ago. She wasn't nearly done living. She had plans, oh, my she had plans, and was just waiting for spring weather to get them underway.
I can't believe she is gone. It's a cliche, but it is also true as can be. I can't find the place to settle that thought in my mind. How can someone with such a huge energy field just not be there anymore?
Life is drawn up short for some time, and then it goes on. My reaction, and my tribute, is to renew my intent to fill every moment of my own life and savor every experience.
So I booked my flights for September. I began making plans and room reservations. And I ordered something I have wanted for years:
A bike that folds up and fits in my car. Now all I need is a bell, a wicker basket, and a straw hat with daisies on it!