from Nancy's Mother
If I could speak to you right now, there are so many things
I would tell you. In one brief moment you were taken from us and we miss
you so very much. Our
last conversation on Sunday night keeps playing over and over again in my
mind. All you thought about was Daddy and me, and you were so
full of suggestions
on how we should spend our anniversary. You, being the adventurous one, suggested
a place where acrobats perform. You told me to do something different and
the while only wanting us to enjoy a night out alone, which we rarely do.
I remember the times I drove you to Floyd
Bennett Field to watch you race. I never realized how good
a cyclist you
were, and how professional you looked.
With the pride that only a parent can feel, I was able to see the love
and respect you shared with the other cyclists at the
races. But, most of all,
I will not forget the trips back to your apartment in the city, where you
and I were alone in our own world, laughing and sharing
secrets. I know you appreciated
it as well, because you would call me the next day and say, “Mommy,
I loved being with you last night."
From the correspondence we received from your friends,
I learned so much more about you. The respect you and they had
another was boundless.
kindness, giving nature, and the encouragement you gave to others were
so much appreciated. Your friends have been an enormous comfort to Daddy
and me and
we speak to them quite often. You mentioned to us often that Snowmass was
one of your favorite places and how you were always very happy there. Well,
intrepid sister Tzivi is planning a ski trip to Snowmass this winter, and
plans to bring along plenty of chocolate babka for Jeremy, Robby, and Michelle,
have told us we are always welcome there.
I am sure you would love to see how close Mindy
and Tzivi have become. They share daily conversations, shop and
You would really “flip
You would not believe how much Chaim and Galiah’s
boys, Moshe Aaron and Avraham Yaakov have grown. I know that
you would be so happy to hear that Lori
and Avi have another boy, Chaim Zev, named after Avi’s father z’’l,
and that Yaakov and Tzila have an adorable little girl, Nechama Daniela.
Nancy, I miss you more than mere words can express.
Not only were you my daughter, but you were also my best friend.
our thoughts and feelings
special to me. Although our interests differed, I respected you for who
you were and for the decisions you made. I know that made you very happy.
Nance, you were and continue to be such an inspiration to me. Like you,
I daven (pray) every day. But now, I daven with more emotion and feeling,
and put more
emphasis on appreciating the meaning of what I am saying. The Tehillim (Book of Psalms) has become my daily guide to life. All of this has been
enabling me to focus my life in a way that is bringing me closer to Hashem now, more than I have ever been in my entire life.
Although it is impossible to truly understand
Hashem’s judgments, I can only pray that He continues to watch over us,
and guide us along the proper
path in life. He should give us the strength to grow in Midos (character) and
Chesed (kindness and regard of our fellow man)—traits that you so magnificently
With all my love,