Letter From the Editor: Memorable People

By Leslie Moore

Letter From the Editor: Memorable People

Hilda is the mother of one of my oldest friends. She’s 93 and lives with Kathy and her family – and she has Alzheimer’s. When I was in my early 20s, Hilda was a petite, pretty, well-dressed woman with the sweetest smile that effectively disguised the no nonsense strength underneath.  Honestly, I was a little afraid of her – get out of line and she would put you in your place without a second thought. But, I always knew she liked, and maybe even loved me a little. Nevertheless, I was still careful to be on my best behavior in her presence.

After being widowed in the ‘80s, Hilda assumed the role as matriarch of her family for many years. Her children and grandchildren were, and still are, her world. When her health began to fail, the family rallied around her, keeping her independent for as long as possible. But, one day, after a near fatal medication mistake, it became obvious that Hilda could no longer live alone. That day, she went home with Kathy for a “visit” that became permanent. I have watched my friend, and her entire family, support Hilda through each loss with dignity and grace. Their home is filled with laughter and fun – and yes there are bad days, but compassion and love reign supreme. And as awe-inspiring as Kathy’s consistent, gentle care of her mother is to me, for my friend it’s just what one does for family.  And she is one of my heroes.

Happy Mother’s Day to all – and especially to those heroes like Kathy who have proven to me that love transforms tragedy into grace, and that each day of life is indeed a celebration.

From all of us, best wishes for a Happy Easter or Happy Passover!

Miracles come in moments. Be ready and willing.

About this writer

  • Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore

    Leslie Moore is the editor for Strand Media Group. A 25 year resident of Pawleys Island, she is blessed with a life filled with the love of family and friends and satisfying work to do every day.

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