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On Sunday, February 14, 2010, my father-in-law said something I will never forget: "You never know when you'll be kissed by an angel."

In this situation, we were on our way to say goodbye to my mother-in-law who after 57 years of life, perished due to heart failure at the hospital. This comment really had me thinking. I realized there are two times in a person's life when they are kissed by an angel: birth and death.

You are kissed by an angel when you are born because a mother never knows what day her baby will arrive. Modern medicine has given us a decent estimate and scheduled c-sections have given us an exact date for the birth of a baby, but most often, the arrival of a baby is determined by an "angel's kiss."

And sometimes an angel takes the life of the ones we love, expected or unexpected, we never fully seem prepared to say goodbye to anyone.

Libby (Treat) Perrine
born April 27, 1952
died February 14, 2010
We will remember her always.