This is my mom, Abbie White, who graduated from this life on December 18th of 2016, just six weeks shy of 87. She is remembered for her loving heart and having a zest for life that transformed ordinary moments into special occasions. She counted her blessings in a gratitude journal every day, and if you knew her, your name is likely written in her gratitudes, alongside things like Blink eye gel drops, warm cotton night gowns, and central heat and air conditioning. She loved fiercely, exemplifying aging gracefully and facing loss with courage. She had been a hospice volunteer for 15 years at the time of her home-going. I once shared with her the “Five Simple Rules for Happiness” and she loved them so much she put them everywhere as a reminder to herself. Hand written on post-it notes, tucked under the place mat at her kitchen table, inside books, on her fridge, in her wallet – everywhere. They are 1. Free your heart from hatred. 2. Free your mind from worries. 3. Live simply. 4. Give more. 5. Expect less.
What a privilege to have belonged to her, as a daughter and caregiver. I think of her and miss her presence every single day.