Today is my birthday, but that’s not what I am writing about. Today when I first opened Facebook at 7:00am, I saw over 30 messages. Most were birthday wishes. However there was one message that really struck out.it was from my friend from Great Britain, Bev, and read as follows:
“Sorry to say mum died 4:15am xxx”
Without going into great details, Bev’s mother had been in failing health recently and her family had been at her side for a while. Nonetheless, this message brought tears to my eyes. Over the years, this wonderful little lady had become a part of my life. Every time Bev and I would Skype, we would ask each other how our mothers were doing. And now Elsie Taylor has passed away.
Here is something I wrote about Elsie and the rest of her amazing family back on September 12, 2010:
Today a very special dinner took place around noontime in England. The dinner was to honor Alfie and Elsie Taylor’s Wedding Anniversary. Among those in attendance were their children; Sue, Hazel, Christine, Margaret, Beryl, Carol, Debbie, Barry, David, Don and Keith. That’s right – eleven children! That alone should indicate that this was no ordinary anniversary celebration. This gathering marked the 60th Anniversary of this charming couple.
Because Great Britain is six hours ahead of us, the historic event had already taken place when I went on Facebook at 7:00 this morning. However it didn’t take long to be reminded of the event.
Granddaughter Louise Cooper wrote “Celebrating my Nan and Granddads 60th wedding anniversary today with a surprise meal. Can't wait to see the look on their faces when a quiet meal for 4 turns into the usual Taylor madness! xxx”
To which daughter Margaret replied “Housework done, garden done, showered hair washed. Already for Mum and Dads 60th anniversary surprise meal, and yes Louise they will be shocked when a quiet meal for 4 turns into a Taylor outing ha ha…”
Another daughter, Sue chimed in with “Looking forward to seeing Mum and Dad for their surprise 60th Anniversary lunch and to seeing ALL my sisters and brothers. Roll call in the restaurant before Mum and Dad arrive!”
As Husband and Wife, after 60 years
you still say "I love you" in many different ways.
May your lovely family remind you,
you share a special happiness life gives to very few.
It was evident by these Facebook remarks that the event was a success.
Louise said “Safe to say Nan and Granddad were very well surprised; wasn't a dry eye in the room! Happy 60th anniversary Nan and Granddad!
Daughter Beryl added “They cried, so shocked.”
Brother David commented ”7 daughters and 4 sons all together for the first time in 9 years.”
Saying “May God bless you” would seem redundant, because it is obvious that Alfie and Elsie Taylor already have been; with eleven loving children and many adoring grandchildren. And those children and grandchildren have been blessed with two incredible parents and grandparents. Happy Anniversary Alfie and Elsie Taylor.
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Not long after I posted that blog, I received this card in the mail from Elsie:
I kept the card all these years because it was special to me and because Elsie was special to me. Rest in peace, Elsie.
Dear God, please remember our brothers and sisters who have gone to their rest in the hope of rising again; may you bring them and all the departed into the light of your presence.
Until next time…from the booth.