To the editor:
I remember reading the copy of a letter, from a little girl, sent to the editor of the Sun newspaper. Part of his response to her question was: "Ah, Virginia, how dreary the world would be if we didn't have anything to believe in."
Belief is such a vital part of our life. Where would we all be without it? As children, we believe in special beings, of Christmas and Easter, in Peter Pan's Tinker Bell or the fairy godmother in "Cinderella." We grow to believe in more advanced and truly amazing powers.
The world would seem dreary if we didn't have anything to look up to or look forward to. I couldn't imagine how that great void in life would feel. I think it would make me a very bitter person.
As I sit here beside my mother's bed, feeding her through a tube, I still believe that someone is watching over her. In the past 10 years, I have seen this beautiful lady fight for her life so many times and rally after she received the anointing oils of the church on her forehead and hands.
Even though the illness of dementia and often refusing to eat or take her medications brought her to a place of confusion, she always remembered her prayers.
She holds a belief in her heart so strongly. For those to say it is her affair is a disrespect of others. As long as we live, our thoughts are steadfast and will not be underestimated.
We have always been a family that tries to find beauty in all people. We look to nature as mom taught us; at a grandmother holding a newborn baby or listening to the stories of the past as an older person remembers his or her youth. We enjoy the laughter of a child at play, the first love of a young couple or the longlasting love of those married for 50 years or more.
Now, we open our eyes to a woman who holds her hands together in prayer as she struggles to breathe.
She is one of the many in this world who have lived a long life and been through many difficult times. We could learn so much about belief if we would just stop talking and listen for awhile. Who would know better about a life of belief?
A world without people like her would be a lonely place.
The editor of the Sun was a wise man when he wrote the words "How dreary the world would be if we didn't have anything to believe in."
My mother has died, and although there will be a huge void in all of our lives, we can surely believe that she will be watching over us.