Sunday, August 25, 2013

Wobbly times number 169



My mother died yesterday.  I was fortunate enough to be able to speak with her on the phone a few hours before she passed away.  The essence of what we spoke about is encapsulated in these reflections.


I'M HER SON





Lieutenant Recharda Benson WWII U.S. Army Nurse 


That's why I love you
That's why I want you to be free
That's why I hate the sadists
That's why I'm a democrat
That's why I'm sympathetic with the poor
That's why I want kindness to replace hatred
That's why I don't care about riches
That's why I care about animals' welfare
That's why I go for the underdog
That's why I love the vivacity wild things exhibit
In short
My mom's the reason I care
In short
she's the reason I'm focussed on elan
not tied down to property and status
She's the reason 
I've declared war on cruelty 
ever since I was born
And why I think 
It's nobody's business but my own
if I ride tear-filled waves of grief today 


 Recharda with her sisters and a friend late 1930s
 My mom and I Christmas, 1949
 My dad and I in the same place, 1949
 Me, my mom, Bruce and Grandma Benson late 50s San Diego train station
 My step-dad, Bruce, mom and me early 70s East Lansing
On my last visit to the USA in 2009




RECHARDA BENSON
April 1, 1919-August 24, 2013




5 comments:

  1. These are some good memories. She must have been an excellent mother because she allowed you to keep your beamish grin.

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  2. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GlWCNCq2SqE

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  3. That's great Jen. I'm going to embed your youtube tribute on this blog. One correction. I joined the Marines at age 18, not 16. More on that can be found here: http://wobblytimes.blogspot.com.au/2011/05/wobbly-times-number-114_21.html

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  4. Condolences. Beautiful poem and lovely tribute by Jenny. My grandma died on June 30 and she was nice enough to remember me in her estate planning. That's how I was able to afford my Honda Accord Coupe, otherwise I would still be too poor for a car I deserve.

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