For years, my Mom volunteered for the Bridgeport Hospital Auxiliary. When my folks retired and moved up to New Hampshire, Mom remained on the auxiliary mailing list and received and read their newsletter for years.
Last month I finally sent a note to the newsletter saying that Mom had died, since I kept getting the newsletter in the mail and tossing it out. Yesterday I received a letter from a woman at the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation. "We wish to inform you that we have received a gift to the Bridgeport Hospital Foundation in memory of Louise Pope, whose name will be inscribed in the Scroll of Remembrance located in the Main Lobby of the Hospital." They say the donation was "generous" and tell me who the donor was so I can thank them.
Well I was just filled with so much emotion at the kind gesture. Tears come to my eyes even as I write these words. That Mom's name will be inscribed moved me even more than the generous donation though that was quite lovely. I am not one to toot a horn nor were either of my parents. Yet, this place where Mom's name will be inscribed....this just brings me to tears. To be acknowledged, even after death, to be remembered by those still living. We all wish to be acknowledged and respected and remembered for what we do. And I'm so glad this happened for Mom even though she doesn't know.
(although I have shown these photos before, they are all I have right now as all others are packed. Wish I had the one of Mom in her nurses uniform. Ah well.)