Friday, 4 April 2008
A tree planted in her memory
I love this photo of my mother (on the left with glasses) posing on a reservation in the 1930s. And the woman in the back, taking a drag on her cigarette while the photo is being taken, always amuses me.
Elizabeth Applebaum did the nicest thing for Mom recently, and I just had to post what she wrote me:
"I feel strongly about making donations in memory of a loved one. Death is so painful, but when you make a donation you really can help change the world. So of course I wanted to make a donation in your mother's memory, but I couldn't decide where. Finally I made up my mind:
#1) The National Multiple Sclerosis society in Mississippi. (They will not send a notice to you, but I printed out the information, just in case you would like to keep it.)
#2) Hole-in-the-Wall Camps. This was started by Paul Newman, and is now a group of camps for children with life-threatening illnesses. I directed my donation to go to the camp (I believe it's called Over the Wall) in Hampshire, England. They will send you a notice that this donation has been made.
#3) Jewish National Fund. This is a non-political organization that oversees conservation in Israel. When I was last in Israel, I walked past a forest that was remarkably beautiful. The wind was singing through the trees, and it looked so calm and quiet and peaceful there. I know your mother was religious, so I thought she might enjoy having a tree planted in her memory, so she can always know her soul has a safe place to rest in Israel. They also will send you a notice that this donation has been made."