Friday, December 10, 2010

A Final Farewell

"In her life, Elizabeth Edwards knew tragedy and pain... many others in the face of such adversity would have given up...but through all that she endured...and revealed a kind of fortitude and grace that will long remain a source of inspiration."

It is another beautiful day here today…clear skies and just a subtle hint that winter is well on its way…yet for those of us who feel that life is about seconded chances…a hero has passed.

A woman who was known by many...not only here but across the globe...has passed away from a bout with terminal cancer. That woman was Mary Elizabeth Edwards…and for so many of us across this great Nation…the skies have somehow clouded over.

Mrs. Edwards was not from Virginia however her principles and her forthright manner made her a celebrity here…not because of political affiliations…far from it…but because she was a three time survivor…and Virginia has always championed matter the political affiliation.

She lost her 16 year old son in a vehicular accident during a freak storm in 1996…a loss that punctuated her daily thoughts…and of which she always referred to it as the “worst day of her life”…

She survived an initial diagnosis of cancer and the devastating effects of radiation and chemotherapy…so that she could join her husband on the campaign trail…

She survived the betrayal that was a husband’s illicit affair and the negative, painful publicity that came from his actions…

Yes…Elizabeth Edwards was a survivor…but more then that she was a compassionate, caring and erstwhile mother who in the end, despite all the bad that had come her way, maintained a grace and dignity that few of us will ever achieve…especially in the face of constant and at times overwhelming adversity.

Today, Elizabeth Edwards left us…but she left us so much better then we were before...

Keep me safe
And in your heart
And hold me…
Till my end

For in my life
And with your love
A vision
God…did send

Rest well Mrs. Edwards and God Speed…for the world is a far better place today because you were part of it…