One Foot in Heaven

Seems like I have been able to find the time to create and schedule a few more posts this week. Today I would like to take a few minutes to talk about the story behind the song “One Foot in Heaven”. If you look at the story from a different angle you can find solace where there seems to be nothing but pain.

Today would have been my mother’s 88th birthday, but we lost her in 2013. She was diagnosed with Alzheimers at age 70 and over the next few years her health and cognitive abilities degraded quickly. She was the oldest of nine children and lived her entire life for others. She sang in the choir, was an elder at church, she visited people in homes and raised four of her own children.

She told me once that she never wanted to be placed in a home, so it was particularly hard for me to do that after she wandered out on a cold winter’s night in just a night gown. If a neighbour hadn’t stopped her eight blocks away from the house, she probably would have frozen to death because she was heading in the wrong direction.

In the few years that followed she forgot everything about who she was and her health continued to fail.

When I reflected on the experience several years later, I decided that it couldn’t be possible that a life like hers would end in such suffering. I reasoned that what actually happened was she was rewarded for her human endeavours and allowed to have one foot in heaven while her body rested here on earth.

Happy birthday mom.       Song #9 on the album “Wind & Fire”


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