Last week, my beautiful mother-in-law, Edite Zirnitis Franklin, passed away to close a long and loving life. As we prepared for yesterday's service, I listened to my family remember Edite, I re-experienced all the love and patience that she had shared with me since I first met her in 1986. I gathered our remembrances into a family eulogy for the funeral. As I distributed copies to the family members who read it aloud, it occurred to me that the eulogy is basically a personal statement that helps us remember who she is, learn something that we didn't know about her, and realize that we all would have loved to know her better. In honor of Edite, I share our eulogy with you here.
Shepherding our children to adulthood demands our love, our attention, and our acceptance of who they are.