I encourage you to watch a short video at this link: Remembering Lorna Colbert. Fitting for a Sunday Morning. Whether you love Stephen Colbert and his show, or not, this was a moving tribute to his Mother, who died last week at the age of 92. My friend Lori @ Donna & Diablo shared this with me and it has remained top of mind.
A few select excerpts:
…She made a very loving home for us. No fight between siblings could end without hugs and kisses, although hugs never needed a reason in her house.
…She knew more than her share of tragedy, losing her brother and her husband and three of her sons. But her love for her family and her faith in God somehow gave her the strength not only to go on but to love life without bitterness and instill in all of us a gratitude for every day we have together.
…And I know it may sound greedy to want more days with a person who lived so long, but the fact that my mother was 92 does not diminish, it only magnifies, the enormity of the room whose door has now quietly shut.
…In her last days, my mother occasionally became confused, and to try to ground her we asked simple questions, like what’s your favourite colour, what’s your favorite song. She couldn’t answer these. But when asked what her favourite prayer was, she immediately recited A Child’s Prayer, in German, that she used to say to my eldest brothers and sisters at bedtime when they we living in Munich in the late 1940s. Her favorite memory of prayer was a young mother tucking in her children.
…We were the light of her life, and she let us know it ‘til the end.
Do take a moment to watch the video: Remembering Lorna Colbert