This morning, a fully functioning, very independent 90-year-old woman died, on Thanksgiving Day, of all days. Those who loved her smiled and said, “She lived a good long life.” I asked them to tell me something about her. They smiled once more and said, “She was never bitter about anything in life. Never!”
And that would have been all I would ever know about her – She was never bitter. Never.
Webster’s Dictionary defines Bitter as: Angry and unhappy because of unfair treatment, exhibiting intense animosity, reproachful, hard, resentful, sore, harsh, cruel.
Webster’s Dictionary also gives ANTONYMS for the word “bitter:“ Caring, forgiving, gentle, kind, kind-hearted, loving, sweet, sympathetic, tender, warm.
Thanks to Webster’s Dictionary including antonyms for the word “bitter,” I now know a lot more about her.
I have a feeling that every day was a “thanks-giving” day for this fully functioning, very independent, never, ever bitter about anything in life (ever), 90-year-old woman. And that’s what makes it sweet – That she was able to be reunited with her husband on Thanksgiving Day. I’ll bet he was happy to see her………
She knew how to live………..