Today is the fifth anniversary of my Mom’s death. As time has passed, I can say with certainty that the sad memories fade more quickly than the good ones. And because the sadness has receded over time, I think this will be my last annual tribute.
It’s still amazing to me how many times it pops into my head what my Mom would say or do about some situation I’m facing. It’s not like I consciously think to myself, “Gee, I don’t know what to do. My mom always set a good example, I wonder what she would do in this situation?” Instead, her position on a given issue or topic comes through as an instant flash of moral clarity and confidence. It’s like a force of nature that can’t denied. And even when I disagree with what she would have done in a given situation and do something different, it’s amazing to me how often her position on something is at least the starting point of my deliberations. That’s what you call a role model.
Jean Smith Powers, rest in peace.