Sunday, April 19, 2009

It's Raining in My Heart

It's raining outside today and actually my heart feels a little rainy too. I just found out that one of my parent's best friends passed away today. Her name was Ruth and she was 89 years old. My parents have been gone for quite a while and Ruth's husband Mort died a number of years ago as well. I don't know how my parents came to be friends with Mort and Ruth, but they were very good friends and Mort was actually my God Father.

Mort and Ruth lived in the same little town that we lived in...Fox River Grove. They had four children and I was good friends with their daughter Lisa. She was my same age. Lisa and I hung out when we were younger and through grade school.

Lisa ended up moving to Colorado after school, married and had two children. We've kept in touch through Christmas cards and got to to spend a little time together once when she was here visiting her family.

Aunt Ruth and Uncle Mort as we affectionately called them were awesome people. They were good parents and had a strong marriage. They were into chiropractic long before I even knew what it was. I always thought it was so cool that Uncle Mort had his initials and the year he was born on his license plate! I had never seen that before. They had a wonderful old house with a big yard. I always loved their house and the warm feeling you always had when you were there.

When I was cleaning houses back some years ago, I use to go over every couple of weeks and give their townhouse the once over. It was always nice to see them and chat. They were very proud of their Norwegian heritage and adored their children and grandchildren. What a long and wonderful life Ruth had!

Most of my parent's friends are gone now and it does feel a little sad each time you lose another "connection" to your parents and your childhood. I have nothing but good memories of Aunt Ruth that I will carry with me always.


Angie's Design Shop said...

I'm so sorry for your loss :(

The Tuckamore Tree said...

I'm so sorry for your loss.It is sad when people we know since childhood pass on.
This past week a close friend of my parents died. I knew this wonderful lady practically since I was born.I also know her family, as we grew up together.
Although I do not live near them, I feel their loss.
I hold dear to my memories as do you.
take care

T.Allen-Mercado said...

I'm sorry for your loss. I understand how important connectivity is and try to make being a good friend a priority in my life. I hope to one day be remembered as fondly as Uncle Mort and Aunt Ruth. (Hugs)

Lanyardlady said...

So sorry to hear this sad news. May she rest in peace.

Sherry said...

So, sorry Kathy. Your memories of Ruth were so lovely. That she is remembered so fondly is testament to the life she lived.

I do know exactly what you mean though about the way life slips away when those you love are not with us any longer.

Femin Susan said...

Sorry on your loss.:(
It is very sad when people we know since childhood pass on.
Keep posting..........

Angela said...

So sorry to hear about "Aunt Ruth."

Beth Jaffe thequeenofcups said...

Memories are wonderful and can stay with you always. I'm sorry for your loss of a beautiful friend. All my thoughts and prayers are with you.

aliceinparis said...

Sorry you are feeling sad. Hard to say goodbye to friends. Ruth had a good long go of it:)xo

Cecile/DreamCreateRepeat said...

I'm sorry you lost this good friend and connection to your parents. As the traditional Jewish response goes, "May her memory be for a blessing."

Her memory is certainly a blessing to you!

Stephen Baird said...

sorry for your loss. your photos are great.

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