I was listening to my favorite Public Radio Station late on Monday afternoon. I heard a comment about their weekly piece called This I Believe. It caught my attention because I recall hearing the original piece back in early December of 2006. It would have been just after my mom had passed away...and it touched my soul then.
The piece was about the lady who authored that December 4, 2006 segment, Catherine Royce, she passed away on March 30, 2009. Ms. Royce had been diagnosed with ALS and in her This I Believe she talked about the disease taking over her body and the active choices she could make. Click here to listen to her 2006 comments: Catherine Royce, I Always Have a Choice
I felt a mix of emotions on Monday. I do miss my parents more than I think I should. I am an adult after all and have been on my own for many years, with my OWN family to boot. I think I am jealous because living right next to my in-laws my husband can go over and see his parents whenever he wants; everyday. After my husband came home from work that day, he went and saw his mom and dad for a few minutes. It was in those few minutes that I heard the NPR piece. As jealous as I am/was, I felt proud too; proud of my own mom. I think she made some very good choices as her life ended, and I was honored to be able to have been with her for so much of the end. Maybe we helped make those choices for her.
Still, I cry...but life continues.
Thank you NPR for connecting me to the rest of the world.