The love of books, poetry & reading is another beautiful gift that my Mother passed on to me.
Because of her, I have always loved to read & admired great minds that have a way with the written word. I collect antique books with gilt-tipped pages & elaborate cover art & any & all vintage books that call to me.
She collected books & works by famous authors & had a vast library that she took great pride in & amazingly enough, she always took the time to underline in her beloved books, all the passages, thoughts & paragraphs that spoke to her.
This enduring library that she left behind is all the more dear to us now because we can go back & read what was meaningful to her, what inspired her & what she wanted to remember. Delving inside these books & reading the beautiful words, messages & lessons, that she took the time to highlight, is such a heartfelt gift that she left for us & provides a profound connection to her soul.
We pore over & savor, page after awe-inspiring page of the greatest thinkers & writers because she is there, lovingly woven in & out of every one of their lines.
What touched her, now touches us;
What she loved, we treasure.
Ralph Waldo Emerson expressed it perfectly when he wrote:
“High Thanks I Owe Her,
For Enlarging The Meaning
Of All My Thoughts.”
Her legacy lives on & on…
Every day -
She inspires me even more.