In Loving Memory of
Sarah E. Reichert
June 24,1940 -
October 14,2000


THE DASH

I read of a man who stood to speak
At the funeral of a friend
He referred to the dates on her tombstone
From the beginning-to the end.

He noted first came the date of her birth
And spoke of the following date with tears
But he said what mattered most of all
Was the dash between those years.

For the dash represents all the time
That she spent alive on earth...
And now only those who loved her
Know what that little line is worth.

For it matters no how much we own:
The cars...The house...The cash
What matters is how we live and love
And how we spend our dash.

So think about this long and hard...
Are there things you'd like to change?
For you never know how much time is left,
(You could be at "dash mid-range")

If we could slow down enough
To consider what's true and real,
And always try to understand
The way other people feel.

And be less quick to anger,
And show appreciation more
And love the people in our lives
Like we've never loved before.

If we treat each other with respect,
And more often wear a smile...
Remembering that this special dash
Might only last a little while.

So, when your eulogy's being read
With your lifes actions to rehash...
Would you be proud of the things they say
About how you spent your dash? By: Linda M. Ellis
This poem reminds me how my Mom spent her life!! She should be proud of all the things she did.

Her Loving Family


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