My mother has been gone for seven months and it has taken me this long to be able to share with all of you what I said at her graveside. This is in Margaret Federlin's honor-- as well as for all of you who nurture children and grandchildren. Your gifts of time, inspiration, and encouragement are priceless.
|Margaret's wall of bird pictures|
"I have thought often that one of my mother’s gifts to me was her saying to me when I was about 10 or 12, 'You have a way with words.' Her belief in me has continued unabated into my adult years even as I told her about my struggles writing my first novel. In some ways, she has been my biggest fan. I will miss her being in my corner, rooting for me and encouraging me to persevere. But I have her words, her voice, and her belief that I can do 'whatever I set my mind to' inside of me now, and I will never lose that.
"I was privileged to have had both my parents live nearby for the last years of their lives. I think it was Charlotte’s warmer climate—compared to upstate, NY or Milwaukee that drew them here—but my life has been richer as a result. But for Tom and Barbara, I want to tell you that I can’t tell you how many times she said to me, 'I am blessed to have three wonderful kids.'
|With my sister, Barbara and brother, Tom|
|Margaret with Lindsey Kasten and Leslie Clark|
along with her first two great-grandchildren:
Caitlin and Ebby
"Every inch of wall space in her room at the Stewart Health Center was covered with her paintings.
Given to Lisa Baldwin, 1988
|Given to Caitlin Kasten|