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For what is to die, but to stand in the sun and melt into the wind?  And when the Earth has claimed our limbs, then we shall truly dance.  This was one of my mother’s favorite quotes by Kahlil Gibran.  She had such a peaceful, spiritual aura radiating from her at all times.  I will truly miss that.

Being her only daughter, I was often spoiled by her generosity.  The irony was that being spoiled by her love made me a more grateful and down to Earth human being in every facet of my life.  She taught me that it was better to give, than to receive.  Her constant charity work taught me this.  Mom always said, slow down, you move too fast, you got to make the morning last, which was a line from one of her favorite Simon and Garfunkel songs.  It took me a few years to listen to her, but I finally understood what she meant.  She always appreciated the little things in life.  The smell after a spring rainstorm.  The way our dog used to stare at her when he wanted to go for a walk.  She used to love feeding the birds, and tending to her garden.  She loved sitting outside during the summer reading, and writing her poetry.  Mom loved the things that many of us take for granted. 

But most importantly, she loved me.  After my father passed away when I was 6, it was just mom and her little princess.  She was kind and thoughtful.  She made me feel so special.  I remember crying horribly one day after school.  I had one of those episodes in high school that every 15-year-old girl seems to have.  I was embarrassed horribly in front of this boy I had a huge crush on.  I thought my world was going to end.  I don’t remember exactly what my mother told me, but what I do remember is her holding me in her arms, lightly stroking my hair.  I felt so safe in her arms.  I never wanted her to let go.  Again, her unconditional generosity was unmatched.  She made everybody feel comfortable around her.  Friends, family, co-workers, even strangers. Everybody.

Caroline was born and raised in Boston.  She had 1 older brother and 2 younger sisters, all of whom are here with us today.  She was never a great student.  Mom did a lot of day dreaming in school.  My grandmother has told me numerous times that she was spacey as a young girl, and I know that my aunts and uncle will confirm that statement.  This explains her free-spirited, nature loving self.  That is what made her great.  My mother didn’t attend college, but instead traveled extensively throughout the country, making money at odd jobs.  She finally found her niche in the pacific northwest, Eugene Oregon, where she would live out the rest of her life.  It was there where she fell in love with my father, although it was not love at first sight.  My father was the exact opposite of my mom.  Fast-paced and business savvy.  He pursued her for months.  She used to tell me how cute she always thought he was, but she didn’t like how he was always on the go.  In the end, however, opposites do attract, and mom and dad were married shortly there after.

One of my mom’s greatest passions, as you all know, was her sincere dedication to charity work.  She supported numerous causes.  She spent most of her time, however, counseling young children who had lost a parent.  This was a cause that struck a very personal cord with her.  It brings a tear to my eye knowing all of the lives she has touched.    I will always be grateful for my mom’s love, friendship, and guidance.  Thanks for everything mom.  Your little princess will love you forever.    

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