If Love Could Heal

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If love could heal a person, than my mother would be running in a marathon right now!  For those of you who do not know her, this would have been an impossible feat!!  She has COPD, is overweight and jokes about herself and how slow moving she actually is.

Our family, both immediate and extended has always been close.  We are always together.  Sometimes it almost seems we are a bit out of the ordinary considering how much time we all spend together and how much we enjoy these times. Even through this trying time, we have all been together laughing, crying and just enjoying each others’ company.

Social media can be an amazing thing.  We have each posted the news of mom to let others know what is going on.  She is so loved in her community.  We joke that she is the mayor.  She’s known by many as, “The Duck Lady” because of the charity duck race she runs every year.  People are offering meals, child care, love, support, prayers, visits…the list goes on and on. The phone calls, the messages….. it is overwhelming.  I use that word in a positive way.   I don’t know if I will ever be able to let everyone know how incredibly grateful my family and I are for your support.

I want you all to know that I am reading all of your emails and postings to her.  I don’t know if she can hear me but if she can, I know that she would be almost humbled at this outpouring.  She was not one to put herself before others and knowing that all of these people, some who don’t even know her, are out there praying and thinking of her would bring her to tears.

So I am offering an enormous thank you to all of you.  Keep praying and offering those positive thoughts.  She is a remarkable woman and I doubt she ever realized how many, many people she has had an impact on in her lifetime.

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8 thoughts on “If Love Could Heal

  1. Jennifer March 10, 2013 at 10:02 pm Reply

    Love your mom! She just came in last week to read with our preschoolers at the South Mountain Y. She is one special lady! My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Please let us know if her Y family can help in any way!

    • clairesinclair March 10, 2013 at 10:20 pm Reply

      She was so excited about reading to them! She and my dad could not stop talking about it!!!

  2. Jessica Graffunder March 11, 2013 at 1:47 am Reply

    Claire, I am sorry to hear about your mom and didn’t know her well. Having only lived in Maplewood for 6 years, I knew her as an “old-school” Maplewoodian and proud of it. But what I do know about your mom is that she raised you… One of the most amazing teachers Ella has ever had. Your mom must be amazing to have influenced you into who you are today! We miss you Ms. Sinclair and we will be sending warm wishes for your mom and your family!!!!

    • clairesinclair March 11, 2013 at 5:02 am Reply

      Thank you Jessica. That was so touching and I appreciate the well wishes from your family. Give Ella a big hug from me.

  3. Lynne blaesser March 11, 2013 at 10:27 pm Reply

    Claire,

    Your Mom was the first person who befriended a very scared 5th grader who
    had moved from east orange to the very scary suburban south orange. I have treasured her friendship ever since–over 50 years! Our love to all of you! Lynne

    • clairesinclair March 12, 2013 at 5:00 am Reply

      Thank you Mrs. Blaesser. I will read that to her when I see her. I don’t know how much she is hearing, but we are trying to read her all the notes of love that she has been receiving. She treasured that friendship too!

  4. dale March 13, 2013 at 11:09 am Reply

    claire, what a beautiful thing to write; as u are; inside and out…we are soooo very proud of u….gubby and i stayed up talking til 2:30 a..m, just remembering almost 45 yrs worth…we will always be a close family and together, we will help each other get thru this..much love xoxo

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