3 Days With Shirley

27 Aug

Shirley, overcome with appreciation at the 3 Day.

Last year at this time, I was cheering alongside Sue’s family and friends at the Minneapolis-St. Paul 3 Day for the Cure.

Standing by my side: Szaba (well, she was crawling actually), my hilarious nephew Aaron, my sweet niece Ali, and Sue’s phenomenal mother, Shirley.

We lost Shirley this spring, but I will always treasure those days with her as one of my greatest gifts. I learned so much about her and her incredible 91-year-old life. I saw how she mothered Szaba. I heard her untold stories of her beloved best friend and daughter (my mother-in-law), Sue. We discussed the great mysteries—love, destiny, life, death, hope—through the lens that only a century of experience can provide.

My 3-Day cheer crew, back at “headquarters.”

In honor of Shirley, please take a moment to chat with someone you’d like to get to know better today. I guarantee, you won’t regret it tomorrow.

And if you want to leaf through the pages of our 3-Day journey:

  • Footprints: Sue’s legacy and how she fought (and some might say even beat) her own cancer.
  • 3 Day: The photo story of last year’s walk in honor of Sue.
  • The Book Walk: How the 3 Day led me to this blog and book project.

I will forever adore and miss you, Shirley. But what you taught me those three days remains right here (holds hands on heart).

Follow me on Google+

6 Responses to “3 Days With Shirley”


  1. Thanksgiving Crafts « My Castle Heart - November 12, 2012

    […] Here’s to all the things we’re thankful for this holiday, not the least of which are our families, friends, and shared times together. […]

  2. Giving Thanks « My Castle Heart - November 21, 2012

    […] Shirley: For being the grandma I always wanted and teaching me I can be caring and honest, strong and fragile, brazen and beautiful. […]

  3. 9 Secrets to Being Great | My Castle Heart - April 15, 2013

    […] I’m remembering a great: a great grandma, mom, wife (of 50+ years), friend, community leader, youth mentor, bowler, shorthandist, cook … just an all-around great […]

  4. Nostalgia | My Castle Heart - October 17, 2013

    […] and Shirley once visited that home, too, for my wedding shower. They were so comfortable there, especially […]

  5. The Hard Part Begins | My Castle Heart - December 12, 2013

    […] we talk about Sue—and Shirley—daily. We share our memories about them, reassure Szaba of their love, and weave special things […]

  6. Directions | My Castle Heart - February 10, 2014

    […] vivid dream about both Sue and Shirley, which woke me (in tears) one balmy Hawaii morning, waves crashing outside my window to greet the […]

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: