As my husband, Bob, and I considered what would be etched in our son, Kevin's, headstone, we took our time. We wanted to be sure that what would be permanently written was what we really wanted to say in remembrance of him.
As we roughed out the verbage, I spent hours and days reflecting on Kevin's life from the day of his birth to the day of his passing, so this quote seems very appropriate to me right now, especially because my mother's 94 year old sister, my Aunt Geneva, was born October 17, 1921 and passed from this life on January 31, 2016 and I wish that we had lived closer to one another so that we could have shared in one another's "dash" more than we did.
As we all know, our lives here on Earth definitely have a beginning and ending date, which we have no control over, But what happens between these dates is up to us, isn't it?
One thing I have learned about death is that it calls our attention to the reality that we all have a beginning and an ending date and it makes us more aware that one day our recorded history will include the two dates with little mention of the "dash" between these two dates.
There's a commercial that most of us are probably familiar with that ends with the phrase "What's in your wallet." Everytime I see or hear this commercial now, I think about "What's in your DASH?"
As Bob and I continue to be blessed with aging together (and boy are we aging), we are both aware that there probably isn't that much more time to "make the most of the dash," with all that we hope to experience and leave behind as our unspoken legacy.
Until that day when the beginning and ending dates of our life are etched in stone, we are doing all that we can to make the most of our "dash."
How about you? "What's in your dash?"
With Faith, Hope and Love,
Angie "a mom like you"