Mourning a Mother
Mourning A Mother The empty nesters join the entire country in mourning the passing of Elizabeth Edwards. A lawyer, political wife, writer, and most importantly mother of 4, Elizabeth lost her valiant battle with metastatic cancer this morning with her family, including estranged husband John, by her side. Whatever we think of John and his despicable behavior, he is the father of their children. It will now be his responsibility to raise their two youngest , Emma Claire 12, and Jack 10. The Edwards story has been all over the media. They achieved tremendous financial and professional success during their 30 year marriage. He was the rags to riches PI attorney who came thisclose to being Vice President of the United States. She was the brilliant bankruptcy and public service attorney who was her husband’s closest advisor and confidant. But their charmed life was changed in an instant when their 16 year old son Wade was killed in a car accident. There are many fears associated with parenting but undoubtedly the most frightening is that something will happen to one of our children and the second scariest concern is that something will happen to us before our job is done as parents. Elizabeth Edwards lived through the first and for the past few years knew the second was her destiny. While going through this she was forced to face her husband’s very public betrayal. From what we have seen and read, she refused to let all the sadness around her define her life. She has been an eloquent spokesperson for causes she believed in and writer of inspirational books. But most of all she devoted the time she had left to creating memories for her young children so they would remember their mother. Losing a mother at any age is difficult to accept. Hopefully John and their oldest Cate will do their best to keep Elizabeth’s memory alive. She will certainly live on in the hearts of those of us who saw her personal story played out in the open. Our thoughts are with all the Edwards this evening and we hope they take comfort in the outpouring of love for this inspirational woman. As Elizabeth Edwards said on Monday: “The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And yes, there are certainly times when we aren't able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It's called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful." Rest In Peace.