You will never know Mrs. Fox and I found out that 10am this morning she quietly passed away. She laid in a hospital bed the last few days and we knew she was on her last few remaining days here on earth. Somehow, we were hopeful but we all knew that she may not leave the hospital…a final resting place. She was not a celebrity…but she is someone who was large in life to me and more important than many who we know by name through media…truthfully, I would rather sit and have tea with her and I really appreciated being in her company…can we really say that of the many people around us who we deem famous? Good-bye Mrs. Fox.
I got to know her when I was just starting my teens as the Fox’s moved in across the street from us. Quickly our families got to know each other but Mr. and Mrs. Fox were always people to be cherished. They saw our lives grow and flourish. Mr. Fox would never really acknowledge it but he was the one who pushed my resume forward and got me my first real break in life. I owe a lot to this man. Mrs. Fox was a lady of grace and charm. She worked in the same office and while everyone called her Pauline, I could only call her Mrs. Fox. Calling her Pauline was just not right. I think I tried very hard to be the best at ICBC because I did not want to let them down since they put so much trust in me.
To describe this woman is a challenge because there are not a lot of lovely souls like her. She would sit and talk to you and her hand would rest on your forearm as she spoke in a lovely British accent and called you love. It really did not matter who it was, she would always do this. Her touch was always warm and her personality would envelope you in comfort. While her roots may not be regal, her personality was. Every Christmas day for many years, we would head over to their house to have tea and treats. It was a tradition but slowly, health fails and these traditions must be turned into memories.
I went to the hospital a few days ago and she laid there still and asleep so I sat there for a while. In sleep, she slipped her hand out from under the covers and I placed my hands on top of hers and felt the same comfort. It is a shame that more people did not get to know this person. To know Mrs. Fox is to know caring and compassion. Always smiling and ever so bright.
I sit and wonder. We only had a few days left with this soul and then in a flicker, she was gone. What next? There has to be a good place for someone like her. To just be able to hold her hand and feel that warmth one last time would be great but for now, I will hold on to my memories and they do put a smile on my face. There will be tears shed, stories shared and smiles to be had.
It is a reminder that we accumulate all our life time but in the end, we can’t take any of that with us. What is of value is a legacy and memories. Those are two things that we are remembered by…what did you do and how did you treat people.
I will miss you Mrs. Fox. Thank you for the lovely memories. It is time to go.
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