I just learned the woman who received the piece of gooseberry pie I blogged about a few weeks ago has passed. (You can read the original post here.) This is a sad time, of course, for her family and friends. Even though she was in pain and there was no hope of a cure or further remission, there is still sadness with the loss of someone we know and loved.
She was lucky to have Mama J in her life, even if for only a short time. When Mama J took her a slice of gooseberry pie and stayed to visit awhile, she brought the woman the happiness of recalling memories of previous gooseberry pies. She was also able to put aside her illness for a little while, which as anyone who has an illness or a loved one with one can tell you, can be as beneficial or more important than any medicine. Yes, Mama J gave her something to smile about.
I can’t speak for Mama J, but based on what I’ve come to know through her Facebook posts, I can believe she got as much if not more from the time she spent with her neighbor. I hope she finds comfort—even happiness—in knowing what she did for her neighbor and, through extension, the woman’s family.
And the story of Mama J’s piece of gooseberry pie has touched people worldwide. It has opened eyes, including my own, to the power of the gifts of food and time—and perhaps most important, of ourselves.
God, be with the woman and her family and friends. Help them find solace. And help us find the Mama J generosity within each of us.
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