We are more fortunate than most families. Not for any reason that
is obvious to those gazing in from the outside. For there are
not any physical or material traits that set our family apart
from others. What we do have that makes our family more fortunate
is our family matriarch.
Who is this woman positioned at the head of our family? Though she
is but one person, she has accumulated many titles over time.
The youngest simply call her Granny. To some, she is Grandma.
To still others, she is Mom. This woman performs many roles, and
she fulfills each superbly. This woman is Ester.
The contributions Ester makes to our family are priceless and immeasurable.
With so much instability prevalent today, she is an anchor in
a rough sea. Her faith in God has stood the test of time. She
inspires us with her character and her faith. This is a woman
of high integrity and morality. She is able to accept others,
not for what they are, but for who they are.
How has this lady been able to have such an impact on so many? By
devoting so much of her time and energy to others. By opening
up her home to others for so many years. From the grandchildren
who spent so much time with her, to the long-time friends who
still visit today, she has made a lasting impression.
Even today, with our family so dispersed, she often takes the time
to make personal visits. When that is not possible, we are in
her thoughts and prayers. A letter or card will arrive. The phone
will ring. Whatever the method, she reveals genuine concern.
Ester's impact on our family is impossible to measure. Her benevolence
is genuine and limitless. It is easy for us to take for granted
how lucky we are. Because the entire time we have been part of
this family, the only way we have ever visualized our family is
with Ester in her place of influence.
written December 1995
As a Tribute to My Grandmother
May 10, 1908 - September 18, 1997