Ellen Ann Bitton - my Mom - imparted to her closest to never wallow, be mired in self-pity, nor self-absorption.
I am grateful she gave me such a well-rounded education in every conceivable way, and that traveling was more than just seeing the world, it was adapting to the various smells, textures and tastes of all things.
My Mom always understood that having values must coincide with being a valuable, integral member of society. She instilled to “always know the truth and see the light surrounding you.” This lyric became our hymn all through our lives, as each stanza was our continuing adage over the years, before, during and after she was diagnosed with this menacing disease in 2012.
I love my Mom very much for her insights, perceptiveness, abilities as a problem solver, and her selflessness. I am grateful she gave me the best of all worlds; but also to see the best in people.
My Mom taught me that as life throws us many hurdles, perseverance is essential as much as it is nourishing.