Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Saying Goodbye to Elizabeth Edwards

Elizabeth Edwards died today. She died  the way she lived, graciously;with strength and courage. She was quite a woman and though I never met her, I know that hers was a life that made a difference.  She will be mourned and missed by many

I am happy that she was able to leave this earth from her own  home rather than a hospital. I am happy that the announcement was dignified and there was no media feeding frenzy. She was somebody special -- really special in this day and age-- a woman with guts  who  embraced whatever life handed out with grace and gusto.

She was a lawyer who made it in a man's world when the law was only beginning to open up as a career for women.  At the same time, she was also a loving wife and mother. She put her own career on hold and supported her husband's political ambitions, making him, as wives often do, more than he was just by her presence.

She weathered those peculiarly female bone-crunchers in life that embitter or destroy so many women. She survived the death of a child, a diagnosis of breast cancer, and the antics of a philandering husband played out in the glare of Washington's  political goldfish bowl. She rivaled Jackie-O for ladylike panache in that department.

Yes, Elizabeth Edwards left us today-- we knew she was going, but it still seems too soon and very sudden. I, for one, find it hard to say good-bye.

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