My great-grandmother, Lola Paping's soul left her body today.  I think I'm still in shock.  Is the right thing to feel sadness?  Lola lived her life so well and happily that I can't help but feel she's at peace.  Paz Rodriguez Tiangco was 99 years old, never took medication for illness in her old age and passed away in her sleep, tranquil and serene.  I am her first born great-granddaughter, from her first born grandson, from her first born daughter. In this time of sorrow, my hope for our family is that we  remember what she taught us by example.  Not only how to live, but how to live well; not simply how to love, but how to love well. That under no circumstances should we worry life away.  That when given the choice, a cheerful disposition trumps a fretful one.  That there are no limits to what can be accomplished with a smile and how thoughts, no matter how simple, when applied with love can be supremely powerful.  Lola's name means peace, and as she rests on her beloved island in the Pacific, something tells me that she would have wanted us to be sensitive and strong as we continue her legacy of living and loving life.  I love you, Lola.  Aloha nui loa.

7/20/2010 11:40:07 pm

Miss her already. She was a wonderful woman, and you're right, we should all look to her and follow her example. =)


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