Elizabeth Edwards: A Good Mother, Gone

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

I was planning on writing about something else today. Something upbeat. Birthdays, I think. But then, like you, I heard the sad news of Elizabeth Edwards’ passing yesterday.

Things changed.

Obviously, I didn’t know Elizabeth Edwards. I only knew some information about her, things I’ve read here and there over the last few years. But from those things, I do know that she was an honorable woman. One who stood with true grace and grit in the face of tragedy, pain and duplicity.

My mother called me and told me about Edwards’ death. My mind went straight to her children. They loss their mother. It’s overwhelming and unimaginable at once. And my heart, it was sad for them, for anyone who knew and loved this woman.

Then two things caught my attention and stayed lodged there for the bulk of the day, making me feel a little better. A little less somber about the last pages of her story.

1) Mom-101 tweeted about an old post by writer and artist Jen Lemen. It’s Jen’s recounting of meeting Elizabeth Edwards at BlogHer three years ago. The photo alone will melt you.

2) This statement Edwards posted on her Facebook page Monday:

“The days of our lives, for all of us, are numbered. We know that. And, yes, there are certainly times when we aren’t able to muster as much strength and patience as we would like. It’s called being human. But I have found that in the simple act of living with hope, and in the daily effort to have a positive impact in the world, the days I do have are made all the more meaningful and precious. And for that I am grateful.”

Even on her way out the door, Elizabeth Edwards wore her elegance on her sleeve.