June 18, 2018,
by Sue Batton Leonard
It was a providential day! Lower humidity and pleasant temperatures seemed to have been heaven sent after the heat spell that’s been present in Towson, Maryland. The sun filtered through the beautiful canopy of mostly poplar and white oak trees and landed right on the very spot where my siblings and I stood preparing for another chance to honor and say good-bye to our parents.
My twin sister, I and our two brothers were left few instructions as to where we should lay our parents to rest. “You all know our favorite places,” our mom said, in a handwritten letter left behind for us. It came as no surprise they had made no final arrangements for themselves. As providence would have it, a perfect spot was available in the Memorial Gardens at Maryland Presbyterian Church. It is fitting. Mom and Dad’s names are scribbed on the original charter of the church. Dad and his company literally built the sanctuary back in 1958.
Once I revisited the church of my childhood after my parents deaths in March I knew I couldn’t rest until we gave them a final address along Providence Road. As our mother and father would have liked, this second interment was as serene and private as the woodlands that abutted the seven acre property where the third of my three childhood homes were built by my dad just down the road a piece. Now Mom and Dad are truly at depths and one with nature and I am grateful for that.
Tonight as I close my eyes and fall off to sleep, I’ll find great comfort in remembering the beauty of Mom and Dads surroundings in the Memorial Gardens at Maryland Presbyterian Church. And I’ll reflect upon the words of Ralph Waldo Emerson who once said “In the woods we return to reason and faith.”
Thank you to Reverend David Norse of Maryland Presbyterian Church for supporting our spiritual needs as we laid our parents to rest. Angela Breakey, Karen Wright and Mike Wright, thank for serving the church in overseeing duties involved with the Memorial Gardens.
Memorial Gardens Maryland Presbyterian Church
The Sanctuary and “Educational Unit” my Dad and his company built
Above: Cornerstone at Maryland Presbyterian Church, Towson, MD
Left to Right: Photo with two of my three siblings
Scott, Sue & Rick
Inscribed on the book statuary “This is My Fathers World”
on this day, July 18, 2018 at Maryland Presbyterian Church.
He is the second son of my oldest niece, Erin.
Oh, how Mom and Dad would have been delighted to see this one week old great-grandchild.
They knew he was on the way before they passed.
Thank you, God, for your creation of a new life
and the many happy years we had with our parents.