Sunday, January 01, 2012
Meeting life head (hat) on.....
Maybe my readers will remember the post about my friend Karen who got married for the first time at age 72 or so, and her wonderful wedding HAT? The name of her hat, purchased at an art fair on the campus of our alma mater, was "It's About Time." We all had a big laugh about that.
Alas, Karen died on December 28. She had surgery recently and never fully recovered. A trip back to the hospital after Christmas ended with her death. Her husband, Jim, was at her side.
I remember Karen from our days in the novitiate together at 1890 Randolph. I remember her bright eyes and wonderful smile and tender spirit, and she never lost those.
It's very sad that Karen and Jim had not even two whole years to be married. But it's not that she was never finally, really, honest-to-goodness happy until she reached the age of 72 and finally got married. Throughout her life, Karen had a great capacity to meet life with enthusiasm, whatever its twists and turns. As our former postulate mistress used to say, "It's all part of a piece."
Rest in peace, Karen. We'll miss the occasional editions of your poetry, lively e-mails, and warm spirit. We'll miss you.