2009-03-13 / Letters

Remembering Those Who Left Us

Dear Editor,

I salute Beverly's mother, Mrs. Linda J. Imperatore write-up to the Wave.

Without doubt, I felt she was speaking to me personally. I adored Beverly, her opinion and her beautiful clothes.

Without doubt, it is extremely difficult to watch the person you love fade away and die. Sadly, the woman I loved the most died young and tragically from a horrible illness.

My mother, the late Margaret died of cancer. It was a dreadful experience. I was not as brave as Owen Baxter. I put my mother in the House of Calvary. I took the burden from my beloved dad. I could not work for four days as I was overcome with grief.

To make matters better, my sister invited the family from Ireland for the big Irish wake and funeral. We had more than 200 at the Mass and 400 people at the wake. It was the best tribute that we could give my mother. We celebrated her life. She was good and kind to everyone.

My sister can be cold and indifferent to the suffering of people. She rarely came to see her previously ill mother. I found it very hard to forgive her. The years have passed, and we are again friends. Be that as it may, I have invited my sister to come to Australia and New Zealand as my guest.

Families differ but in the end, just families unite. I have taken every initiative to be gracious to my sister. I call her all the time. She leads Irish dance classes and I write Irish music.

It was most delightful that the love of our Irish culture unites us again. She wants to search for some cousins in New Zealand. I said I'll go and I will pay for you and me. She responded that I was generous. So be it. There are no pockets in the screw! Let us hope we both have good health to enjoy the holiday. We had a glorious time in New Orleans because I never brought up the past. We focused on the beauty of New Orleans, the music, the Cajun culture, the birds and it was a grand old time. Forgive your oddball relatives and party.

I want the street, adjacent to the synagogue where Beverly was waked, named after Barbara Eisenstadt and Beverly. It is a fitting tribute to these outstanding Irish/ Jewish classy ladies. They watch over Rockaway from Heaven.

PEGGY McMAHON

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