TRIBUTE TO SUSAN HATTIE

Susan Hattie Steinsapir


(Marjorie Rosen)' wrote:

In thinking about Susan's life, I was struck by the feeling that this was a woman who *enjoyed* life. She knew it might be short, and she tried to live it with sensitivity - A great pot of soup, a warm cat, you know what I mean.

Therefore, I have decided that at every festival celebrated by my family and friends, I will offer a toast to Susan, remembering that every day is precious, and life is too short to continously put off that which brings joy. I also propose that we make this a regular occurance at any r.f.c. gatherings - everyone chips in for a bottle of champagne and a jar of decent caviar to toast Susan's memory and her life.

There are two reasons for this:

  1. In the Jewish tradition, it is said that as long as a person is remembered, they never really die. Therefore, we will continue to remember Susan.

  2. We have a tendency to postpone gratification in our lives just a little too long. How many of us have known someone who put off that trip that they *really* wanted to take until "after the kids are out of the house" or tackle the project they were in love with until after retirement? We don't know what will happen in our lives. We may live to a ripe old age and die peacefully in our beds or we may develop major health problems at an untimely age. If we put off the enjoyment of life too long, we may not have any life to enjoy. Remember that a lifetime takes planning, but life should be lived in small sections - A week, a month, a year at a time.

I think Susan would have enjoyed the suggestion....

Marjorie


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