Entered Heaven 01-26-2007
It's not goodbye. God promised we will meet again in Heaven.
See Vicky on a TV Show as she does the closing with Bob Barker (link)
March 26th - Happy Birthday to Our Dear Brother & Friend Chris in Heaven.
We Miss You
Always Until We Meet
Again In Heaven
On 12/12/13 our brother Chris
joins our precious sister Vicky in
Heaven. From your loving
Sibblings Joann, Eleni, Billy,
Denny & Your Wife Angela & Children Maria & Dino & Your Grandchildren Demitri, Elizabeth & Elias & ALL your Nieces, Nephews, & Friends
Feels Like You're Here with us!
A tribute from Sister Eleni:
Our Dear Little Sister Vicky / Eleni (sister)
I have not written to you for a while, not that even one day goes by without thinking of you and of Mommy and of Daddy. But you know WE are all broken hearted about our BELOVED BROTHER CHRIS. We know he is with you now. We always said that we will meet again as siblings. Vicky we miss you and we miss Chris very much. Vicky you were very young when you left us, but Chris was also very young, 66 years. Today is March 9th 2014. The day Chris came back from Vietnam in 1969. This was the day when Daddy, Mommy, and all of us- Joann, Billy, Dennis, you and I celebrated his return from the war. At 4:00 AM Daddy put out the American Flag and the Greek Flag with pride. As daylight started, all of the neighbors put out their flags. Our block in Whitestone was draped and decorated with flags on both sides of the street. Everyone was shouting "WELCOME HOME CHRIS' 'WELCOME HOME CHRIS' You are a HERO, You are 'OUR HERO' On December 12th 2013, GOD welcomed Chris hone to him. We know he is with you, and with Daddy and Mommy and all our loved ones. Chris was and is a HERO to the United States of America, to his wife Kiki, his children, Maria Costa, Chris and his grandchildren Demetraki Ilias and Elizabeth. To all our friends and families, AND ESPECIALLY TO ALL OF US. WE LOVE YOU ALWAYS AND FOREVER. UNTIL WE MEET AGAIN....JOANN-ELENI-BILLY-DENNIS
PLEASE READ BELOW THE STORY OF VICKY'S STRENGTH & FIGHT & VICTORIES AGAINST CANCER. HOW SHE FACED TREMENDOUS CHALLENGES AND OVERCAME THEM AS WELL AS LIVING HER LIFE TO IT'S FULLEST AND WITHOUT REGRETS BUT FILLED WITH LOVE & A COMPASSION TO TOUCH OTHER LIVES.
Updated 11-04-2013- Vicky's Laughter! The last section below is dedicated to Vicky's humor. In life Vicky overcame tremendous odds to live despite her constant battles against cancers. One way to deal with this was to laugh. She told many jokes so in honor of one of Vicky's 3 L's, LAUGH, her site includes a section at the bottom with 1 of Vicky's favorite funny stories or jokes she would love to tell everyone. She made a lot of people laugh and that was a big part of her healing process. She understood the power behind laughter was a major prescription for living life. Please enjoy the humor and pass it along to others. Current story: "The Minister & the Elderly Lady"
Greek for May your Memory be Eternal
This memorial website was created in the memory of our loved one, Vicky K. Margiotis who was born in New York on November 28, 1959 and passed away on January 26, 2007 at the age of 47. We will remember her forever. Please light a candle for Vicky (see the right column) before you leave this site. -------------->
A TRUE INSPIRATION:
We hope Vicky's story helps and inspires every visitor. Not only those dealing with similar issues but with those who deal with life's everyday matters. We could write a book on Vicky's triumphs through the challenges she faced. Vicky found that with God all things are possible including what seemed to others as impossible. Some wrote, after reading Vicky's story, that they were motivated and decided to fight back hard against their issues and others shared this with friends and loved ones. Vicky gave others hope while she was on Earth. We know she would be pleased to have her life give hope to others through her story.
Where do we begin to describe Vicky's life? She was a daughter, a sister, an aunt, a cousin, a true friend, a companion, a Christian, and was full of fight with a zest to live. She loved everyone. She had her favorites, like we all do, but even if you crossed her she still loved you.
Vicky often told everyone how we may not have grown up financially rich but we had a great childhood and were rich with the great things in life that money could not buy. She loved her family and like all families we had our differences but never held any grudges against each other. We stuck together and many people stated throughout the years they wished they had as close a family as ours. That was a great tribute to our parents. That was the way they raised us. With great fear and respect for God and to never fight with each other.
CANCER - A 6 LETTER WORD THAT SENDS A WAVE OF DISPAIR TO ALL AND BRINGS THE STRONGEST OF PEOPLE TO BENDED KNEES. WHO LIVES TODAY AND HAS NOT BEEN TOUCHED BY THIS TERRIBLE ILLNESS?
Vicky was a 3 time Stage 4 Cancer Survivor.
Vicky had a different fight on her hands and that was a hard fought battle with cancer. Over 21 years before her death she was diagnosed with her first of 3 stage 4 cancers. She was in for the fight of her life. A petite woman she stood 4' 11" and weighed an average of 95 pounds. But, she had the heart of a lion; the backbone and fight of a Spartan Warrior; the patience of Job; a relentless will; and the complete support of her family.
At that time Vicky's Oncologists gave her the worst news. They advised Vicky that her cancer was widespread according to the results of exploratory surgery. After several procedures to try to stop the cancer they turned to Chemo and radiation.
Chemo and radiation were administered but she was unable to tolerate these treatments and stopped after the first treatment. Now the cancer progressed to the point where her Doctors gave her weeks and possibly months to live. Not knowing what to do she went home and started to pray and prepare for the unknown. We were all devastated.
At that point she made a decision to fight and fight hard and not go quietly into that dark night. She established her philosophies for how she was going to approach this fight. She called family and spoke with them daily.
She and her brother Dennis adopted these philosophies that Vicky took in her heart and mind and put into practice every day:
* Make a firm decision to live and plant this seed in your mind.
* Make laughter a great part of your daily life.
* Keep the Faith. Believe in, trust in, and love God 100%.
* Pray always and be thankful for everything.
* Keep up the fight and persevere daily.
* Look for the good in every person & situation.
* Everyone brightens your day. (Vicky joked when she said "One person brightened my day when that person left me alone.")
* Always have good things to say and stay positive.
* Take stock in the great gifts God gave you.
* Always touch other people's lives in a positive way.
* The 3 L's - LIVE, LAUGH, & LOVE.
DID THIS WORK?
Several months went by and Vicky went back to her doctors for follow up testing. That cancer was GONE. We truly believe Vicky received a divine miracle healing. She learned to fight hard and that stuck with her. 3 of the 4 Dr's could not give an explanation of how this happened. But the 1 Dr told Vicky "This healing did not come from us or anything we did." This cancer never came back.
Over the years other cancers had come and gone and she fought each and every one of them with the same tenacity. Some doctors told her and us that Vicky humbled them by being such a great fighter and overcoming all the odds and lived many years beyond any medical expectations. She was truly an enigma to all they knew about cancer survivors. She lived in spite of many of her doctors telling her she would not live very long whenever she came down with other issues. But Vicky proved them wrong time after time. Vicky toughed it out and fought off many serious issues. Was this rough? Absolutely YES it was.
Her other philosophy was:
"When I have a good day I want to make it a great day because I don't know if that will be my last day. But if I have a bad day I think of my great days to get me through it & look forward to a great day."
Vicky spent a great deal of time from Dr's appointments to all sorts of medical tests, treatments, and surgeries. We all wondered how much could she take?!?! She took these issues as a challenge and through all those issues she stood 10 foot tall and bullet proof. Very hard to believe even for us. All her issues are medically documented. Her sister Helen and brother Bill usually accompanied Vicky to all her appointments. Many thanks to their employers also, who understood the severity of the situation and have that kind of compassion. Joan would go many times as well. Chris and Dennis who live in the southeastern part of the US would visit as often as possible to be by Vicky's side and help however they could.Vicky called her brother Dennis at least 5 days per week for moral support and help with handling her situations or at least to have someone to vent to and relieve herself of anxieties that she faced everyday.
Vicky told the story about a doctor who examined her and then said to her "You're going to die!" (how cold from a health "care" provider) to which she replied "So are you Doc! Now how about telling me what you're gonna do to help me live!"
Vicky loved the Dr's who worked with her like Dr Chambers, Dr Soletic, Dr Posner, Dr Kessler, & many other Doctors & Nurses who encouraged Vicky and helped her. God Bless these men & women of medicine that helped Vicky in her battles. We need more professionals like these in health care.
There were many times she left other Dr's care because she felt uncomfortable. Vicky called her brother Dennis one day and told him she was going to have exploratory surgery but was not given a good explanation as to why. She called him back about 2 hours later and told him she was home. She explained she asked for a few band-aids from the staff, removed the IV's, and left the hospital AMA (against medical advice) and went home. We were all upset hoping she did not do a bad thing but she trusted her own judgment on this. She was just fine afterwards.
Vicky was struggling trying to understand the reasons why she survived so many issues and what to do with her life to give it greater meaning. The answer came to her through others who knew her struggles. Vicky's life and fight inspired almost everyone who knew her including her brothers and sisters. Many times we heard people tell us she inspired them to fight and showed them that life can deal us a worse hand. Vicky would tell them "Yes, maybe I was dealt a bad hand, but like my brother Denny tells me, some of the biggest poker jackpots are won with the worst cards. Just like the song says; Every hand's a winner and every hand's a loser."
A saying Vicky lived is: "Life may not be the party we hoped for... but while we are here we might as well dance!"; and she did just that. She danced !!!
The 3 L's. LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE.
BUT LAUGHTER IS THE BEST MEDICINE:
Vicky practiced and preached hearty laughter. This got her through so many days. She loved good jokes and learned as many as she could. She learned quickly that feeling bad was not an option she wanted so she did all she could to laugh. She learned that love regardless of any situation was the best way of approaching everyone. Oh, she could get mad and put a person in their place, but usually that person earned that very unenviable spot. Vicky did not like to get angry but when she did, it was for a good reason, and she unloaded with both barrels.
VICKY's BEST CHARACTERISTIC:
If there is 1 characteristic Vicky had that spoke volumes it was her INDOMITABLE SPIRIT. Vicky personified this characteristic even until the end. She displayed the strength and perseverance to rise above while all the odds were against her. She faced serious pain, suffering, and death many times with this indomitable spirit and survived. She faced each day with courage, a smile, and the expectation and determination to live. Vicky never liked to complain and said "I hate when others who are healthy and well complain about trivial things. I've asked many of them who knew me if they would like to switch places with me." She earned the nickname "Rocky" after the character portrayed by Sylvester Stallone.
Vicky touched many peoples' lives and helped not only inspire others but gave hope to those who she came in contact with and some who were fighting similar battles that they could also overcome their situation. Vicky had a great smile, heart, and way about her that you could not help but be attracted to her. She was a blessing to all who came in contact with her and she believed all were a blessing to her as well. She took lemons and made sweet lemonade. She took care of her parents who never had to see the inside of a nursing home and who took care of her as well. She lived her life as fully as possible. Please look at her photo slide show and see what she accomplished. She did not like pity parties and strived to always look and feel her best.
* Jesus Christ and His Church
* Her family and Friends
* Helping people
* Events that celebrated life
* Making great memories
* Meeting new people
* Music, Dancing, and Singing
* The New York Yankees - She always dreamed of throwing out the first ball at a NY Yankee game.
* Food - It would surprise you what she could eat.
* Traveling anytime she was able.
* The Greek radio show that treated her like family. She used that show to communicate to others around the globe.
* Her Priests: Fathers Constantine, John H, and Many Others
* TV Ministers: Charles Stanley, Joel O'Steen, & Jack Van Impe.
1 of VICKY'S TREASURED SAYINGS:
"To the world you may be just 1 person, but to 1 person you just may be the world." Author Unknown.
More of VICKY'S FAVORITE truths as written by MOTHER TERESA:
People are often
Unreasonable, illogical, and self-centered;
Forgive them anyway
If you are kind,
People may accuse you of selfish motives;
Be kind anyway.
If you are honest and frank,
People may cheat you;
Be honest and frank anyway.
What you spend years building,
Some one could destroy overnight;
If you find serenity and happiness,
Others may be jealous;
Be happy anyway.
The good you do today,
People will often forget tomorrow;
Do good anyway.
Give the world the best you have,
And it may never be enough;
Give the world the best you have anyway.
You see, in the final analysis,
It is between you and God;
It never was between you and them anyway.
Nice link to a beautiful site:
Vicky was like the Coffee - Read below why.
A young woman went to her mother and told her about her life and how things were so hard for her. She did not know how she was going to make it and wanted to give up She was tired of fighting and struggling. It seemed as one problem was solved, a new one arose.
Her mother took her to the kitchen. She filled three pots with water and placed each on a high fire. Soon the pots came to boil. In the first she placed carrots, in the second she placed eggs, and in the last she placed ground coffee beans. She let them sit and boil; without saying a word.
In about twenty minutes she turned off the burners. She fished the carrots out and placed them in a bowl. She pulled the eggs out and placed them in a bowl.
Then she ladled the coffee out and placed it in a bowl.
Turning to her daughter, she asked, "Tell me what you see."
"Carrots, eggs, and coffee," she replied.
Her mother brought her closer and asked her to feel the carrots. She did and noted that they were soft. The mother then asked the daughter to take an egg and break it. After pulling off the shell, she observed the hard boiled egg.
Finally, the mother asked the daughter to sip the coffee. The daughter smiled as she tasted its rich aroma. The daughter then asked, "What does it mean, mother?"
Her mother explained that each of these objects had faced the same adversity: boiling water. Each reacted differently. The carrot went in strong, hard, and unrelenting. However, after being subjected to the boiling water, it softened and became weak. The egg had been fragile. Its thin outer shell had protected its liquid interior, but after sitting through the boiling water, its inside became hardened. The ground coffee beans were unique, however. After they were in the boiling water, they had changed the water.
"Which are you?" she asked her daughter. "When adversity knocks on your door, how do you respond? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
Think of this:
Which am I? Am I the carrot that seems strong, but with pain and adversity do I wilt and become soft and lose my strength?
Am I the egg that starts with a malleable heart, but changes with the heat? Did I have a fluid spirit, but after a death, a breakup, a financial hardship or some other trial, have I become hardened and stiff? Does my shell look the same, but on the inside am I bitter and tough with a stiff spirit and hardened heart?
Or am I like the coffee bean? The bean actually changes the hot water, the very circumstance that brings the pain. When the water gets hot, the coffee bean releases the fragrance and flavor. If you are like the bean, when things are at their worst, you get better and change the situation around you. When the hour is the darkest and trials are their greatest, do you elevate yourself to another level? How do you handle adversity? Are you a carrot, an egg or a coffee bean?
May you have enough happiness to make you sweet, enough trials to make you strong, just enough sorrow to keep you human and enough hope to make you happy.
The happiest of people don't necessarily have the best of everything; they just make the most of everything that comes along their way. The brightest future will always be based on a forgotten past; you can't go forward in life until you let go of your past failures and heartaches.
When you were born, you were crying and everyone around you was smiling.. Live your life so at the end, you're the one who is smiling and everyone around you is crying.
May we ALL be like the coffee bean!!!
VICKY'S & CHRIS' REQUESTS:
LIGHT CANDLES, MEMORIAL SERVICES & REMEMBER THEM. This website was set up to run perpetually in their honor. Please be so kind as to light a candle for them before you exit this website. This comes back to 1 of their philosophies whereby everyone has this chance to brighten their spirits. By doing this it will also brighten your life too.
We would like to THANK all the people who took the time to pray for our sister & brother through their hard times. The list is very long. Thank you and God Bless all of you.
Vicky & Chris are survived by their 4 sisters and brothers: Joann Papadopoulos, Eleni Kouzounas, Bill Margiotis, Dennis Mariotis. Also by all Chris' children & grandchildren and their nieces and nephews who they loved and cherished as well as many cousins and her dear friends who are too numerous to list.
Vicky & Chris are now reunited with their parents Kostas and Maria and her sister Vasiliki in heaven. Vicky's & Chris' questions have been answered.
TO VICKY & CHRIS FROM THEIR FAMILY:
WE LOVE YOU BOTH VERY MUCH AND WILL MISS YOU UNTIL SUCH TIME AS GOD CALLS US. THEN WE WILL REUNITE WITH YOU AND THE REST OF OUR LOVED ONES BEFORE YOU. GOD GRANT YOU REST IN PEACE. MAY YOUR MEMORY BE ETERNAL. "EONIA IMNIMI"
AN INVITATION TO ALL VISITORS:
Vicky was always a great Christian example to others. Even as she laid seemingly helpless countless times in a hospital bed she ministered lovingly to everyone. Many who witnessed Vicky speak wonders about her faith were greatly moved especially while she agonized in pain and suffering from her illnesses. Many wanted the kind of spirit she had. You too can have that spirit. Vicky helped bring others to understand the love of God through His Son Jesus Christ. She was never ashamed of this and would also like for you to take this opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior and for you to personally experience the greatness of His grace in your life too. If you have not accepted Him please do so now and find a Christian based church to continue to grow in your faith. You will be glad you did. She would love to see all of us in Heaven someday. If this led you to Christ please let us know this by writing it in a tribute, condolence, or candle here on Vicky's Memorial website. Even if you remain anonymous. We can rejoice with you as well as Vicky will with all the Heavenly angels. Vicky wanted to write a book about her life's experience to help give hope to others but that did not happen. We wanted to tell her story here and continue this as her ministry and her "book" to the world. God Bless all of you always.
Romans Chapter 8 Verse 28
"And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to His purpose.
John Chapter 3 Verse 16
For God so loved the world, that he gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
I Corinthians Chapter 15 Verses 51 - 52
"Behold I show you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall be changed. In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall all be changed.
I Thessalonians Chapter 4 Verses 13 - 18
"Bretheren, I do not want you to be ignorant about those who have fallen asleep, so that you will not grieve like those who have no hope. Because if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, so must we believe that God will bring with Jesus all those who have died believing in Him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord Himself shall descend from Heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefor comfort one another with these words."
1 Corinthians 13
Love Is the Greatest
1 If I could speak all the languages of earth and of angels, but didn't love others, I would only be a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I had the gift of prophecy, and if I understood all of God's secret plans and possessed all knowledge, and if I had such faith that I could move mountains, but didn't love others, I would be nothing. 3 If I gave everything I have to the poor and even sacrificed my body, I could boast about it; but if I didn't love others, I would have gained nothing.
4 Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud ... 5 or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable, and it keeps no record of being wronged. 6 It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. 7 Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful, and endures through every circumstance.
8 Prophecy and speaking in unknown languages and special knowledge will become useless. But love will last forever! 9 Now our knowledge is partial and incomplete, and even the gift of prophecy reveals only part of the whole picture! 10 But when the time of perfection comes, these partial things will become useless.
11 When I was a child, I spoke and thought and reasoned as a child. But when I grew up, I put away childish things. 12 Now we see things imperfectly, like puzzling reflections in a mirror, but then we will see everything with perfect clarity. All that I know now is partial and incomplete, but then I will know everything completely, just as God now knows me completely.
13 Three things will last forever—faith, hope, and love—and the greatest of these is love.
On behalf of the Margiotis Family we thank you for taking time out of your life to visit and pay your respects to our beloved sister Vicky.
And Always Remember: TO THE WORLD YOU MAY ONLY BE 1 PERSON BUT... YOU MAY ALSO BE THE WORLD TO 1 PERSON.
I Am Free - Author Unknown
Don’t grieve for me, for now I’m free
I am following the path God laid for me.
I took His hand when I heard Him call,
I turned my back and left it all.
I could not stay another day
To laugh, to love, to work or play.
Tasks left undone must stay that way,
I found peace at the close of the day.
If my parting has left a void,
Then fill it with remembered joy.
A friendship shared, a laugh, a kiss
Ah, these things I, too, will miss.
Be not burdened with time of sorrow,
I wish for you the sunshine of tomorrow.
My life’s been full, I savored much,
Good friends, good times, a loved one’s touch.
Perhaps my time seemed all too brief,
Don’t lengthen it now with undue grief.
Lift up your heart and share with me,
God wanted me now; He set me free.
For My Thia Vicky: My Shining Star
Poem from: Yanna Papadopoulos (Vicky's Great Niece)
to the sky
one day and
became a star, I
see you mostly every
day. As everyday goes by, it makes me want to sit and cry, remembering
your smile, your laugh your love, and your care … all the memories we
used to share. My favorite memory was the last, for it was
on Christmas day before you passed. I miss you forever
I love you and remember every day. All I
want to say is rest in peace and I
will always remember that I was always
your special little niece. You loved to hold
my hand and I did understand
that your time was up but you
would not give up.
You live on in
Above is pictured (left to right) VICKY's nieces Lori, Yanna, Sophia, and VICKY's sister Eleni. All are wearing VICKY's angel picture shirt used to sponsor the event to raise money for cancer in NY by VICKY's niece "Little" Vicky. VICKY's philosophy of touching others lives continues.
Courtesy of Andre Trevizo for Vicky in Memory of his Brother Christopher. Thank you so much Andre. This is a great tribute to Vicky. She always wanted to throw out a baseball to open a Yankee game and here she is pictured in Yankee Stadium. I know she loves this.
Beautiful tribute to our Vicky courtesy of Irene - mommy to her beautiful angel, Kayla Xavier. Please visit Kayla's site and light a candle or a tribute for this precious angel. Thanks and God bless you Irene.
Vicky's Laughter - The section below is dedicated to the jokes and other funny stories that Vicky loved to tell others and help everyone she came in contact with to take their minds off life's burdens by making them laugh. Laughter was always part of her prescription for healing and for helping others heal. She always loved a hearty laugh. IF you remember a funny joke or story Vicky told you please e-mail it to Dennis to review and possibly add it to Vicky's Laughter section.
"The Minister & the Elderly Lady": One day a Minister paid a visit to an elderly lady member of his church. He was concerned because she was absent for several Sundays. She answered the door and invited the Minister in for coffee. They sat in the living room and spoke for a while. As they spoke the Minister began eating the peanuts from the bowl on the coffee table. Time went on as they continued their conversation. The elderly lady got up to get more coffee. As the Minister sat back and waited he noticed that he finished all the peanuts in the bowl and felt bad for doing this. When the eldery lady returned with more coffee the Minister apologized for eating all the peanuts. To which the elderly lady replied, "That's OK. I don't have any teeth and can't eat peanuts anyway. All I do is suck the chocolate off of them."
A story Vicky really liked to read. It reminded her of her precious Mom, "Mana"
The Cab Ride
I arrived at the address and honked the horn.
After waiting a few minutes I walked to the door and knocked.. 'Just a minute', answered a frail, elderly voice. I could hear something being dragged across the floor.
After a long pause, the door opened. A small woman in her 90's stood before me. She was wearing a print dress and a pillbox hat with a veil pinned on it, like somebody out of a 1940's movie.
By her side was a small nylon suitcase. The apartment looked as if no one had lived in it for years. All the furniture was covered with sheets.
There were no clocks on the walls, no knickknacks or utensils on the counters. In the corner was a cardboard box filled with photos and glassware.
'Would you carry my bag out to the car?' she said. I took the suitcase to the cab, then returned to assist the woman.
She took my arm and we walked slowly toward the curb.
She kept thanking me for my kindness. 'It's nothing', I told her.. 'I just try to treat my passengers the way I would want my mother treated'.
'Oh, you're such a good boy', she said. When we got in the cab, she gave me an address and then asked, 'Could you drive through downtown?'
'It's not the shortest way,' I answered quickly.. 'Oh, I don't mind,' she said. 'I'm in no hurry. I'm on my way to a hospice'.
I looked in the rear-view mirror. Her eyes were glistening. 'I don't have any family left,' she continued in soft voice.. 'The doctor says I don't have very long.' I quietly reached over and shut off the meter.
'What route would you like me to take?' I asked.
For the next two hours, we drove through the city. She showed me the building where she had once worked as an elevator operator.
We drove through the neighborhood where she and her husband had lived when they were newlyweds She had me pull up in front of a furniture warehouse that had once been a ballroom where she had gone dancing as a girl.
Sometimes she'd ask me to drive slow in front of a particular building or corner and would sit staring into the darkness, saying nothing.
As the first hint of sun was creasing the horizon, she suddenly said, 'I'm tired. Let's go now'.
We drove in silence to the address she had given me. It was a low building, like a small convalescent home, with a driveway that passed under a portico.
Two orderlies came out to the cab as soon as we pulled up. They were solicitous and intent, watching her every move. They must have been expecting her.
I opened the trunk and took the small suitcase to the door. The woman was already seated in a wheelchair.
'How much do I owe you?' she asked, reaching into her purse.
'Nothing,' I said 'You have to make a living,' she answered.
'There are other passengers,' I responded.
Almost without thinking, I bent and gave her a hug. She held onto me tightly.
'You gave an old woman a little moment of joy,' she said. 'Thank you.'
I squeezed her hand, and they walked into the dim morning light.. Behind me, a door shut. It was the sound of the closing of a life..
I didn't pick up any more passengers that shift. I drove aimlessly lost in thought. For the rest of that day, I could hardly talk. What if that woman had gotten an angry driver, or one who was impatient to end his shift? What if I had refused to take the run, or had honked once, then driven away?
On a quick review, I don't think that I have done anything more important in my life.
We're conditioned to think that our lives revolve around great moments.
But great moments often catch us unaware-beautifully wrapped in what others may consider a small one.
PEOPLE MAY NOT REMEMBER EXACTLY WHAT YOU DID, OR WHAT YOU SAID ~BUT~THEY WILL ALWAYS REMEMBER HOW YOU MADE THEM FEEL.
It is the random acts of kindness that most benefit all of us.
Thank you Vicky... for all your random acts of kindness we witnessed you do for others. When God called you, the world suffered a great loss. But Heaven's gain was great!
Vicky joined her precious parents "Mana" & "Patera" along with her sister Vasiliki in Heaven. We love & miss you all very much. We love & Miss You ALL- Until we meet again in Heaven we cherish our time together on earth
A poem for my beloved sister Vicky.
I picture you with a beautiful smile on your face together with Mana, Patera & Vasiliki.
You're in my thoughts and prayers every day and I love you forever. When God calls me I will see your beautiful face and smile again. ELENI
I am home in Heaven, dear ones;
Oh, so happy and so bright!
There is perfect joy and beauty
In this everlasting light.
All the pain and grief is over,
Every restless tossing passed;
I am now at peace forever,
Safely home in Heaven at last.
Did you wonder I so calmly
Trod the valley of the shade?
Oh! but Jeses' love illumined
Every dark and fearful glade.
Ande He came Himself to meet me
In that way so hard to tread;
And with Jesus' arm to lean on,
Could I have one doubt or dread?
Then you must not grieve so sorely,
For I love you dearly still:
Try to look beyond earth's shadows,
Pray to trust our Father's Will.
There is work still waiting for you,
So you must not idly stand:
Do it now, while life remaineth-
You shall rest in Jesus' land.
When that work is all completed,
He will gently call you Home;
Oh, the rapture of that meeting,
Oh, the joy to see you come!