Sharon's Story

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In beloved memory of Sharon Marie Barrows
12/27-1949 - 9/29/2014
i carry your heart with me (i carry it in
my heart) i am never without it (anywhere
i go you go, my dear; and whatever is done
by only me is your doing, my darling)........
here is the deepest secret nobody knows
(here is the root of the root and the bud of the bud
and the sky of the sky of a tree called life; which grows
higher than soul can hope or mind can hide)
and this is the wonder that's keeping the stars apart

i carry your heart (i carry it in my heart)
ee cummings

To my beloved Mom,
It has been two years since you lovingly looked into my eyes and took your last breath. Conventional wisdom suggests that the pain of loss will lessen, but experience tells me it does not lessen, but rather one works every day to have a meaningful life despite the ache in one's heart, which is what I try to do. I am endlessly proud of the grace, courage, generosity, and genuine love you showed throughout your life and I hope that each day I do something small that makes you proud. You are my greatest gift, deepest inspiration, and the love of my life. I just hope I showed all of this to you before your physical time with me ended.
(For those of you that are reading this and knew my beloved Mom, I invite you to join me tonight around 8:30pm to honor my Mom's last moments with us by lighting her a candle, arranging her some flowers, saying a prayer, or any other personal way you would like to honor my Mom. Then I ask you to go and tell one person just how much you love them, which will hopefully make them feel as loved as my Mom always made me feel, then together we will each carry her heart in our own hearts. You never know when your words and love will make a little girl believe she can do anything, which is what my Mom did (and still does) for me.)

Your deeply loving daughter,
Published on September 29, 2016
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