Before meeting "mama stara Melicent" and hearing loving and funny stories about her from my friend Penny, I was imagining what she was like. Meeting Melicent for her 80th birthday gave me inspiration to go back to work after my 50th birthday. She was full of love toward people, life, spirituality, and most clearly, her family. Oh, it was not just her immediate family; it was also adopted family, and people all over the world, including my twin sister and me who call her mama-stara which means grandmother in Croatian.
Melicent couldn't do all that by herself; it was also her belief in God, and when you looked into her eyes you could see that she was energized by the Holy Spirit. To her family I would like to use Helen Keller's words, "What we once enjoyed and deeply loved we can never lose, for all that we love deeply becomes a part of us."
In friendship and love always,
Marija, Ljubica and our families