Walking In Sunshine

Born to a preacher and his wife Her childhood filled with pleasure A loving, Christian family To them, she was a treasure All grown up and married young She soon became a Mother To seven living children Born one right after another There never was enough money Though Daddy worked so hard For a miner's meager wages Beaten down and scarred Mother did her best to manage Her growing family's needs Sometimes she felt like giving up Too many mouths to feed Her siblings looked on her with pity But she took it in her stride Loving her husband and children She carried herself with pride Widowed after forty years Her children all on their own Mother held her head up high And with her life went on Grandchildren and their children She bounced upon her knee And loved them as she had her own They filled her life with glee Just one day past her seventy-ninth year Mother quietly went to sleep Gone from us forever God held her in His keep Our Mother had a hard life As on this Earth she trod But now she walks in sunshine Arm in arm with God Kathleen McCoy Eldridge© July 17, 2005 All Rights Reserved