As the anniversary of Mert’s passing nears, I realize that the lessons she taught us is the legacy she left with us. Reading through them again, I realized there are some I still have not been doing, i.e. time for play, trips, time with siblings. I think it is time for another girl’s night with my sisters!
My aunt Mert was featured in a “Forever Young” article in the Ottumwa Courier, a local paper. The article, written by Helen Hanna, covered many amazing things about her.
There was the good…
- Self-taught Pianist
- Self-taught Organist
- Sunday School Teacher
- VBS Teacher
- H & R Block worker, 33 years
- Income Tax School Teacher
- Attends school & scout activities
- Five adult children and spouses
- 10 Grandchildren
- 6 siblings who live nearby
- Widow for 11 years
…and the ugly.
- Cancer in 2004
- Cancer returned in 2006
As I read the article I thought it was full of life lessons:
- Accept responsibility because someone needs to do it.
- Plan on serving for a long time.
- Invest in kids; be a teacher.
- Don’t let your lack of experience keep you from accepting a challenge.
- No formal training? Practice diligently and your skills and confidence will improve.
- Fill in when you are needed.
- Be willing to learn new things.
- Find a job doing work you enjoy.
- Stay involved in your children and grandchildren’s activities.
- In your chosen career, be willing to teach others.
- Play: sports, games, cards, etc.
- Make your home welcoming to children.
- Have hobbies: watching sports, crocheting, and reading.
- Take trips…even short ones.
- Cancer, or other illness, does not have to stop you.
- Don’t let physical changes (like losing her hair 6 times) bother you.
- Appreciate people.
- Find inspiration.
- Depend on your siblings and let them depend on you.
- Keep your faith strong and your sense of humor intact.
The title of the article summed it all up.
“You just do what you have to do!”