On January 17th my mother in-law, Lucille Lupole passed from this life to the next. She had been through so much suffering from diabetes which was a drain on her poor body.
But I do not want to talk about her dying. I want to talk about her living. And living she did! She was a woman who was always busy doing something. Never one to just sit and watch television like most people, her hands were always busy working on a project. I remember many times her showing me what she was working on. Showing me the squares of fabric that she would soon make into a quilt or a pillow. She had a knack of remembering what each person really liked and making them something that had to do with that.
Often times she would pick up old lawn chairs that people put out for the garbage. Then she would turn them into works of art of which everyone in the family has a set of four. She would macarme the seats and backs in pretty colors and they were just beautiful! She was a recycler before her time. She made us pillows that had pictures of horses on them. The unique thing about these pillows is the fabric came from curtains that they had in their house when my husband was growing up! Talk about saving fabric for a special project!
Her musical talent far bypasses what most people possess. I do not know if it was just her striving for perfection, but she could play most any instrument that she set her mind to. With quality sound as she would never settle for anything less than the best. Thankfully her music talent has been passed onto her own children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren.
Her talent with the musical saw and cow bells is legendary in our area. She was better known for her talent playing the organ and putting on her programs in area churches and nursing homes. As the violinist in the Binghamton Community Orchestra she was able to shine outside her usual realm of religious music.
I will never forget the first family dinners I was a part of in her special family. Most families can't wait to turn a television on to watch football on Thanksgiving......not this family. Everyone took out their instruments and would play music together. It was such a new experience for me.
I will miss coming into her house and see her smiling happy face light up when we would walk in. She would be delighted to have her grown children and spouses around her. We would sit and talk and tell all our news since we had last been there. She was so interested in everything...... even in things you wouldn't think she had any interest in. Such as when my husband and his brother would discuss their latestest inventions or ideas for making a new one. She would think about it and offer suggestions of her own.
I am so thankful to be a part of her wonderful family. She raised my husband to be the man he is today.....and what a fantastic job she and my father in-law did! My husband and I celebrated our 11th wedding anniversary yesterday and I am as madly in love with him as I was the day we got married. He knows how to treat a woman and always puts my feelings or wishes above his own. He is a extremely smart man, not to mention very musically talented. So I feel truly blessed.....indeed.
If you would care to read the post I wrote about her and my conversion to becoming a saved again Christian, which was passed out at her funeral celebration, this is it: An Inspiration To Her Faith.
Copyright © 2008 Kathleen G. Lupole