Esther Elizabeth Goodway Scott
May14, 1903-November 5, 2006
Last night, a long and extraordinary life came to an end. My grandmother died quietly at the age of 103. I’m sad but in a way I’m happy for her. I’m glad that her fiery, energetic spirit is no longer trapped in a frail, helpless body. I belong to a school of Buddhism that was founded in this country by a Korean monk named Zen Master Seung Sahn. It was said that, during his final illness, he commented that our bodies were just rental cars and that is was time for him to trade his in. After a slow decline that encompassed not just years but decades, Grandma finally got to trade hers in last night. I hope her next one is a nice, shiny sports car.