Thursday, March 27, 2008

Jo’s Legacy

It hit me this week that my baby will be moving out in 3 months. People have asked me what I will do with an empty nest and I have just laughed and said, “I’m pretty sure I won’t be bored.” Now I realize that flip answers won’t cover the absence my heart will feel.

Tonight I found comfort in reading the words of an old friend who loved my Cupcake deeply. I found her legacy recorded on the website of the college Cupcake will be attending. Concidence? I don’t think so.
The Curto Collection is a wonderfully written history, but it is a reminder to me that love is eternal. Jo Curto has moved to heaven, so I have not visited with her in quite some time. She writes, “Until I quietly slip away while explaining the “s” form of the verb and join those others who loved TCC in that Great Classroom in the sky, I will continue to count my blessings, not the least of which is the opportunity to feel needed and to belong.” I feel like I have visited with her tonight after reading her papers online. I bet she would have written an addicitive blog had she had that opportunity.

Jo was the kind of neighbor you dream of having. Her door was always open but she was never intrusive. She would watch our kids in a pinch with no notice. She was intelligent, funny, kind, strong and altogether fascinating. She was the one who entertained our older children when Cupcake was born and then brought them in to meet their new sister. She became “Nana Jo” to Cupcake - I had always loved the name “Nana” and she happily went along with that. Of course I knew she had her docotoral degree, was a professor and a published author, yet she was very unassuming and never wanted to talk about herself. I am not surprised now to learn that she was a prolific author as well as mentor to many budding writers.


Her writing has reached through time and space to comfort and encourage. I am reassured to know that as Cupcake moves away, she will be living in the shadow of Jo’s legacy. Jo describes the college saying, “TCC is not its publications, not its programs, not its technology, not its buildings, but its heart and soul are the people, from administrators with awesome responsibilities to young people with faith that TCC will help them overcome fears and doubts, realize their dreams, and meet their needs.” Thanks for everything, Jo.

4 comments:

Uncommon Blonde said...

What a wonderful post! Brought tears to my eyes ...

A wife, a friend, and a nursing student said...

This has brought tears to my eyes...happy tears though. Mom would be so proud of cupcake, uncommon blonde, and uncommon brother. She loved you all so much. Even towards the end, when you would send us Christmas cards, she loved reading them and had the picture that you have there on her dresser.I know she is watching cupcake from the heavens above and is smiling. She loved being called Nana Jo, it brought her so much joy to be able to watch Cupcake grow. You all were part of our family, and I am so grateful to have had you in my life! I miss you guys, and am so glad we are back in touch! God has truly blessed mother and I with great friends and I cherish you all so much! If you ever need anything, or if Cupcake needs anything, please don't hesitate to ask. Much Love!!

carolmehl said...

What a sweet post on so many levels!

Digging for Pearls said...

If you have a few minutes, I would love your input on my blog in regards to the ten struggles that Christian women face. Thank you!