The Legacy of Elizabeth Edwards
I was on vacation this week when I heard that Elizabeth Edwards had passed away. I felt sad for hours after I heard the news. Her presence on this earth had touched me in a way that was somewhat unexpected.
Elizabeth Edwards was a person of courage and determination, yet she was gentle and gracious; she was assertive, yet not harsh — at least that was the impression that I had of her. I came to know more about her when I decided that I was going to support her husband as the Democratic candidate for President of the United States. In time, I would drastically change my position on that.
I was moved by her fierce fight against breast cancer. I felt grief in my heart for the loss of her teenage son, and elation at her ability to give birth to her two youngest children. I saw in her a woman who supported her spouse, yet had her own identity.
Still, it isn't any of those circumstances or personality traits that lead me to believe in the legacy that she leaves behind.
I believe that Elizabeth Edwards' legacy, in addition to her children that survive her, is one of pure grit and determination. Of a woman that, although wronged, stood up strong and capable against all odds. She knew the truth, and she spoke it. This is what makes her so different for me. There are many that know the truth in their hearts, but are not always able to speak up and acknowledge that truth. She was a person who spoke it out loud, but not loudly — just as a human being, with grace, wisdom and integrity, one who knows that the truth is the only way.
I have no personal connection to Elizabeth Edwards to truly grieve her death. However, I do feel a sense of loss, and know that her strength of character and spirit will surely live on.