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Earth, Teach Me

Earth teach me quiet ~ as the grasses are still with new light.
Earth teach me suffering ~ as old stones suffer with memory.
Earth teach me humility ~ as blossoms are humble with beginning.
Earth teach me caring ~ as mothers nurture their young.
Earth teach me courage ~ as the tree that stands alone.
Earth teach me limitation ~ as the ant that crawls on the ground.
Earth teach me freedom ~ as the eagle that soars in the sky.
Earth teach me acceptance ~ as the leaves that die each fall.
Earth teach me renewal ~ as the seed that rises in the spring.
Earth teach me to forget myself ~ as melted snow forgets its life.
Earth teach me to remember kindness ~ as dry fields weep with rain.

Ute Prayer

que sera sera

I think you approach life differently when you realize it’s a gift and it’s not a right.

You will remember me.

A mother parts with  lasting words for her children:

“I want my children to be kind. I want them to be giving, but I want them to stand up for themselves.’’

Someday, perhaps when Brendan and Maggie are teenagers, Jeff said, he will show them the video that shows their mother brushing away tears as she sings “Que Sera Sera,’’ then grinning as the children’s giggles bring her back into the moment and away from the reminder in the lyrics that “the future’s not ours to see.’

Karyn (LeBlanc) Slomski, 38, of Auburn, passed away on September 5th 2010 surrounded by her family, at her home in Auburn.

She was born August 1, 1972, in Southbridge, to Donald and Domenica “Mamie” (Lombardi) LeBlanc. Along with her parents she is survived by her husband of 10 years, Jeff Slomski; children Brendan and Maggie; twin sister, Kristyn and husband James Dyer of Southbridge; brother Donald LeBlanc and his wife Denise of Westboro; sister Melissa and her husband Rick Rush of Louisville, CO; as well as twelve nieces and nephews. She graduated from Southbridge High School and attended Framingham State College. For the last seven years, Karyn was a stay at home mother raising her two children.

Karyn’s friendly and positive nature was obvious to all who met her. Even in the years since her cancer was diagnosed, her love of life, optimism, and sense of humor remained strong. Her singing voice was truly beautiful: in choirs, at weddings, and in the folk duo Bundle of His. Karyn made fast friends and remained generous and devoted to the many people she met throughout her life. As a mother, Karyn devoted herself to teaching her children to be kind and respectful, while passing on her love of singing and dancing. Her commitment to them was apparent in all that she did, including her extensive volunteering at both children’s schools. Her loving and caring spirit will be greatly missed by her family and friends.

the three stages of life

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First you’re young, then you’re middle-aged, then you’re wonderful.

– Alice Roosevelt Longworth

mother and daughter

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The moment a child is born,

the mother is also born.

She never existed before.

The woman existed,

but the mother, never.

A mother is something absolutely new.