- “All that is today, the joy, the sorrow, will forever be woven in the cloth of tomorrow.” ~ Poet Jane Phillips Bay (written in 1982)
Frannie, one of my mothers “Bookies,” (as Mom called her book club friends) sent a follow up note regarding the Celebration of Life we had for our parents. The quote by Jane Phillips Bay, her sister, written decades ago was contained in the correspondence. Frannie also recounted her memories of how she first met my parents at the Dorchester Art Center in Cambridge, Maryland. “It was love at first sight,” she said. Somewhat unconventional all three, I can well understand why they found fellowship and community with one another.
During this year of many transitions I think each one of us in our family has spent at least a little time pondering our parents values as they relate to our own and how to best continue their legacy. It was decided to place a memorial bench in honor of our parents at Blackwater Wildlife Refuge, where Frannie said she looks forward to sitting and remembering their friendship and how now more than ever, my parents are “sailing the blue” as free spirits.
As Frannie ended her letter, she said “What a beautiful cloth your parents have woven over the years.”
I think to myself, “Isn’t that what life is ultimately supposed to be all about?