Mom passed this morning at sunrise, I had been with her everyday at sunset. You really can’t plan these events, but she went comfortably. This is my favorite recent photo of her my sister took and some other favorites during the years.

Gone From My Sight

I am standing upon the seashore.
A ship at my side spreads her white
sails to the morning breeze and starts
for the blue ocean.
She is an object of beauty and strength.
I stand and watch her until at length
she hangs like a speck of white cloud
just where the sea and sky come
to mingle with each other.

Then, someone at my side says;
“There, she is gone!”

“Gone where?”

Gone from my sight. That is all.
She is just as large in mast and hull
and spar as she was when she left my side
and she is just as able to bear her
load of living freight to her destined port.

Her diminished size is in me, not in her.
And just at the moment when someone
at my side says, “There, she is gone!”
There are other eyes watching her coming,
and other voices ready to take up the glad
shout;”Here she comes!”

And that is dying.

by Henry Van Dyke, a 19th Century clergyman, educator, poet, and religious writer


6 Responses to “GONE FROM MY SIGHT”

  1. 1 Old friend Sarah
    November 29, 2010 at 12:53 pm

    Thanks for letting us know of your mother’s passing. It’s interesting how the timing works. Who knows how the right time happens and who should be there…all part of the mystery of life.
    You have honored your mother well in photos and words. She was fortunate to have you for a son.
    My thoughts are with you and your sister as you move through your time of loss and grief.
    Be gentle with yourselves and give yourselves the time you need.
    It is a strange feeling to know that someone who has always been there your whole life is gone from sight and you will never see her again. Such a strange concept to grapple with. Be gentle with yourself.
    Love and hugs,

  2. 2 boatdog
    November 29, 2010 at 1:37 pm

    Impossible to improve upon or add to what Sarah said. See you soon.

  3. 3 jmsayles
    November 29, 2010 at 2:15 pm

    but not from your heart.thinking about you xx00

  4. November 30, 2010 at 1:28 am

    I am greatly saddened by this news. Your mother was a very kind lady and always made me feel welcome in her home. She had a great sense of humor and lively spirit. My thoughts are with you and your sister.

  5. 5 Brian Vick
    November 30, 2010 at 9:13 pm

    Martha and I send our heartfelt condolences. We hope you can find immediate peace & solace in the comfort of remaining family and your many friends. You have fulfilled a critical role in documenting your family’s history, and their spirits thrive in your devoted stewardship of their visual record.

  6. 6 Dotsy
    November 30, 2010 at 9:15 pm

    Yes – what Sarah said (and everyone else)! I adore the picture of her in the bright yellow blanket and sun hat. That was her essence – sunny and bright! What a classy lady. Sending love and hugs.

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