Mom died 2 weeks ago. Jeanne O’Sullivan Sachs: Oct 15, 1920 – July 19, 2009. I was blessed to be with her as she made her final exit, as were my siblings. In her honor, I post “Three Moms”, taken by my younger brother Bob. It is the quintessential Mom: elegant, poised, and laughing at the delicious irony of life. “See no evil. Hear no evil. Speak no evil.”
I’ll be posting my thoughts about my mother as soon as I have the presence of mind to edit my daily “ritual writings”. She had Theatrical Intelligence in abundance!
In the meantime, I’d like to share the a piece of writing dictated by Mom to me on Thanksgiving Day, 2007. She was 87. Our family was playing a game from Mary Pipher’s Writing to Save the World, called “I am from…” It’s about origins and influences.
So ladies and gentlemen, in her own words, Jeanne O’Sullivan Sachs:
* I am from Mortimer O’Sullivan, Patrick Ahearn, Ellen O’Brien, Agnes Ahearn, and John Mortimer O’Sullivan.
* I am from Irish Catholics and Irish Catholics and Irish Catholics and Irish Catholics!
* I am from Ireland, Ballyporene and green and history and the brogue.
* I am from Billerica and Boston.
* I am from “Children are seen and not heard”; “Jesus, Mary and Joseph!”; “A book is your friend, you must not destroy it” and mass on Sunday morning (as late as possible for Dad!)
* I am from Mildred McKean the music supervisor telling my parents “You have a very gifted child” and arranging a cello for me.
* I am from… (no, that sounds too braggy!)
* I am from my doll Betty, a gift from Grandfather Ahearn – tailor to Harvard Square – making me jodhpurs when I was thirteen.
* I am from cello recitals and music camp as one of the professionals (I don’t know how they found me!)
* I am from summers on the Cape with my brothers and sisters in Wellfleet.
* I am from sitting at the soda counter and ordering an ice cream sundae while Dad always had a coke and said “…add a little lemon.” That was so grown-up!
* I am from Children’s Hospital and Sidney Farber at Harvard and Faure’s cello sonata which was when Ernie fell in love with me.
* I am from daffodils and 4/3/43, our wedding day.
* I am from 54 months of pregnancy, six kids, being a chauffeur, learning to ski, teaching cello, founding an orchestra and getting my masters – it didn’t take very long – they gave me credit for life.
* I am from my six children and my thirteen grandchildren and my great-grandson Jack and more “greats” on the way. (Good “Jeannes and Ernies”.)
* I am from…four score and seven years ago!
Your final words were “Love you”. Thank you for everything. Love you too.