Walt & Mom
Many of you, like me, may remember Memorial Day was always May 30, and only in recent times is Memorial Day celebrated on the closest weekend to that date, to allow for a three day holiday. No matter the date change , I will always think of May 30 as the traditional and true Memorial Day - not only because I recall the sweet stories my mother told me from the time I was a young girl of how she and her family drove each Memorial Day from Council Bluffs to the cemetery in Odebolt, Iowa to place a fresh bouquet of Peonies on grave sites of aunts and uncles and other beloved , but because May 30, 2010 is the day my brother, Walt Cooney passed away.
I'm not alone in knowing the pain of losing a sibling, there are many, including friends who have lost a beloved sister or brother . How easily I can sympathize and understand their anguish and sadness of losing one so dear, one they were so connected to, one so cherished.
My brother was very dear to me, I loved him unconditionally, and was always proud to be his big sister - from the day our Mother brought Walt home from the hospital I was his champion, he was the most perfectly beautiful baby - from the beginning we were simpatico, and I instantly felt called to be his protector, a feeling that would remain with me throughout my brother's life. I'm happy to say Walt and I would always have a close bond - we shared and experienced so much together.
On this day, the fourth anniversary of his death I especially think of our mother who lost her youngest child, her only son - the one she called her 'Golden Child', and the lifeline they had one to the other. And Dad, too , who just last month showed me a view near his house in The Village's my brother liked very much when he visited there - a place Dad now calls 'Walt's View'.
But for the grace of God, and the promise of His enduring love in the glory of Jesus Christ , we would not have been able to carry on. We know Walt is with the Lord - praying for us, waiting in Heaven, like we are here on earth until one day when we'll meet again.
Walter Cooney 1954 - 2010 RIP+