Today we witnessed the very real and heartfelt display of love, gratitude and adoration for a wife, mom, grandma, great grandma, sister, aunt, and friend. Today we gathered to celebrate the beautiful life of my Aunty Helen Rachar.
We laughed and we cried through tributes given by her children, her grandchildren, her great grandchildren, her friends and her Pastor. We heard how she loved to laugh, how she easily forgave, how she was never too busy, and how she lived for her family.
We sat and listened as my Uncle Lloyd - who always told a really great story - read to us the last love letter he would ever write to his beloved. He shared his heart with us, he told us how he was "hopelessly and helplessly captivated by her beautiful blue eyes, her little turned up nose, her pigtail braids and her many other charms." He loved her - completely - for nearly 80 years.
We caught a glimpse of their legacy... That was deeply rooted in my Uncle Lloyd's proclamation "the best thing we can do for our children is love their mother." - and that he did.
Today, we witnessed a REAL love story. The real deal. Love in its truest and purest form. For that, I am grateful.
I know she was looking down from heaven with her heart swelling with pride at all that she created here on earth.
Rest in peace sweet Aunty.
After the service was over, I went to sit with my Uncle a little before we had to leave... He never had her photo to far away... He would stop in mid sentence and say "Oh look, is there any wonder why I loved her, she looks just like a movie star."
Today's Random Act of kindness is about being completely present in that moment... It is about directing 100% of my attention towards someone who had some very important things to share - his heart... and knowing that in that moment... absolutely nothing else mattered. It's about not really caring if 'that' tear is the one that will mess up your mascara, or if the lap full of kleenex will leave lint on your black dress... It's about saying 'I love you' and 'I am so so sorry for your loss'... not just with your mouth, but with your heart. It is about sitting there and holding his hand and not being the first to let go...
As her lovely granddaughter said at the service...
"Dr. Suess tells us ~ Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened ~ Yeah right Dr. Suess... I am pretty sure we are going cry because it is over... For a little while anyway..."
On behalf of The Kornel/Peters Family