Mom and Dad did you know the legacy you were leaving behind? Did you know the work and love your poured into your life would spill over into mine? Did you know that all of the years that you hosted the family reunions, that the love you gave to others would return to me?
Did you guys know that the foundation of love that you created, would support me after you were gone? Did you know that you were creating a safe place for me, where I would be accepted, where would belong, where I would matter? Did you know that you were creating a world for me as well?
Did you know, as you were planning the reunions, as you were preparing the food and cleaning the house, that you were making sure I had a place and a family too? Did you know as you were talking on the phone with them, that you were laying the groundwork for me? Or that when you poured them coffee, or wine, or made the beds for them to stay, that you were making sure that I had family after you were gone?
I think somehow you did know, because you always thought about things like that. Because you knew somehow in your wisdom, that I would need them too. I think that somehow you know that they would love me too, just as you loved them. I think you know and understood that circle of life and love would make it’s way around to me.
I think you knew how important it was to leave a legacy of love, after seeing the devastation that hatred and resentment leaves when passed down to he next generation. I think you knew and understood that the legacy left by them would be unkind, so you knew you must create a foundation of love and support.
And I thank you so much for what you knew. I am so thankful for your legacy, that carried me in love now. I am thankful for that circle of love that keeps me now, because it makes all the difference in this life. And I love you all the more for it.