|This photo was taken of my mom, Sirkka, at Pender Harbour.|
My mom told me about a childhood of poverty and hunger, but also about a loving family, first loves, hard work, dances, singing and poetry. She recounted the heartache and the hopes in leaving Finland to come to Canada and her life in a new country where she couldn't speak the language. She shared the joys and disappointments of her life. I learned so much more about the person who was my mom by listening to her stories.
When the time came to eulogize my mom, I was so thankful that I could share some of those stories about this amazing woman; about her courage, strength, talent and generosity, and her love.