Age:[ 45 ] Gender:[ f ]
Ida Emily Collins is a well known name in my home town. She taught senior world history for many years and went on to become a high school guidance counselor while at the same time raising me, who she adopted when I was six years old, a task which could not have been easily accomplished by anyone else in the world since I was not exactly the "model" child. She suffered a stroke in 1993 which left her totally disabled, lying in a nursing home bed, unable to use her hands or legs but, still cognizant of herself and her surroundings, unable to communicate in her usual manner and very frustrated and suffering much anxiety for three long years. I spent as much time as I could with her nearly every day. I always thought that I did not want to be there when she died but, now I am immeasurably grateful for the fact that I was beside her when she left this world with a final "sigh" of relief which I shall never forget. As much as I miss her presence in my life, I am filled with gratitude in knowing that she is no longer struggling with a useless body and that she is free now to once again outshine the brightest star! I love you, Mother, I miss you and I will never forget you!
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