Please say a prayer today for Barbara K. She was the mother of my friend, Katie and a woman who touched many lives. She died from cancer yesterday.
Barbara was a family therapist and counseled many people throughout her career. She loved her children and was a devoted mother and grandmother. When Katie first began riding and showing horses (how we met), I remember Barbara at a horse show, gingerly holding the bridle of some placid school horse. She'd pat the horse's nose and talk to it for luck. She had flame red hair and wore bright colors and long, dangling earrings, and she always seemed to have a smile and a laugh and a twinkle in her eye.
There are probably hundreds, if not thousands of people, she touched with her love throughout her life, either as a friend or in her professional role in life. I think Frank Capra got it right in "It's a Wonderful Life" - we never know just how many people we've helped. I think Barbara helped an enormous amount of people in her roles as wife, mother, sister, friend, teacher and counselor.
I lost my own mom right around the time I met Katie, back in college. Getting the news yesterday about Barbara, Katie's mom, just sort of pulled the scab off my old hurt of losing my own mom. It's funny that way, isn't it? 20 years can pass after you lose someone you love and you think you are over it, and then something happens and the hurt is there. It just got numb for a while.
Say a little prayer for Barbara today, will you? And for Katie too - she was extremely close to her mother, and this is going to be a big loss for her and her sister.