A Life Well Lived
This weekend is my mother’s 93rd birthday. She no longer hears well, cannot see well, and doesn’t walk so well. There is one thing that she has done well she lived her life well. Born in Missouri during depression era, she has spent a life loving her family and God’s earth.
She has taught me a lot. She taught me the love of food. While she no longer cooks for herself, she made countless meals through the years.
She traveled extensively with my father and our family. Every year we would take family vacations. We drove to the East Coast. We drove to the West Coast. We went north and we went south. We would always take photos during these vacations. While she wasn’t the family photographer (Dad was), she loved the pictures we brought home. These days she pours through the old family photographs, remembering her kids when we were young and her departed loved ones. I think she is one reason I love photography so.
In our circles, she is known for her homemade bread. She baked bread every week for her family and friends until a few weeks ago. She understood the importance of daily bread, not just the kind you eat, but the kind mentioned in the Bible. She has often told me how she prays for my kids on a regular basis. She doesn’t miss a week at church, even though I doubt she hears ten percent of what is said.
She loves to read. She spends her days reading the newspaper and books, even though she has to use a magnifier to see well enough to read. She often tells me what is going on in the world.
So now here 93rd birthday is upon her. One might look at her and think that there is little left in her life – little sight, little hearing, and little interaction with the world. Yet, she continues to press on.
Yes, it was and is a life well lived. I hope when I am 93, people will say the same.
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Kevin I am Phyllis Pfeifer's daughter Your Mom was one of my Mom's best friends I had the privilege of being with both of them on several outings. They shared a sweet friendship. We love your mom Please tell her Happy Birthday!
Kevin this is a beautiful description of your mom She has been a blessing to all of us who know her You are Blessed Thank You For Sharing
I have been honored by your mother. I wanted her recipe for her famous bread so I could make some cinnamon rolls. I was told to go to her house, because she had something to give to me. Not only did she give me her recipe for the bread and cinnamon rolls, she gave me one of her "Grandma's Leftovers" recipe book. Wow! I still have it and have used it often. Both your dad and mom were/are special people to me. Your dad for his hand of welcome at church; your mother for her willingness to share her gift of bread.
Hildred is the best.
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