Dear Dylan and Cash-
On the eve of Mother’s Day 2012 and the birthday of your Great Grandmother, Edna Cash, I would like to take a moment to introduce my inspiration to you. Your Maw Maw Cash was a simple woman. She lived on the same street her entire life (Smith Farm Road). Your uncle and I often refer to her as an old soul because she seemed to know and actually practice many life lessons without fault. I selfishly mourn her absence in my life but more importantly I mourn the fact you never met her. However, I have a strong feeling she is with you every day as your guardian angel. Below are some lessons your Great Grandmother lived by and I struggle to learn but try to practice.
Lessons from Maw Maw Cash:
- Give without expecting anything in return.
- Live a simple life without gimmicks, trinkets or unneeded material items.
- Be humble but proud.
- Laugh at the small stuff and find humor in everything.
- Take time to smell the flowers and do it often.
- Live a spiritual life.
- Love your family and enjoy the simple moments.
- You are defined by the love you give and allow into your life not by money or fame.
- Always know when to remove yourself from a situation with grace.
- Never judge someone else.
- Be the best you can be but do not confuse this with being the best athlete, richest (monetary) person or most traveled person. It means be the best in health, strength and spirit that is specific to you.
My memory of my grandmother is not surrounded by gifts or material objects. My memories include: her getting on the floor with us; sleeping in her bed with her; finding laughter in the simplest things, even yaws; picking fresh fruit and making something spectacular with it; her voice singing in church; and mostly her laugh.
My hopes for you, my children, is you find your joy and embrace it. I hope you find your inspiration and never let it go. I love you and I love being your mother!
Eternal Hugs and Kisses,