Our family is lucky. We’ve all had the chance to celebrate Mom’s life with her while she was still alive. I finally realized what these last few years remind me of.

Have you ever heard the best live version of the Sippy Wallace song Woman be Wise? Bonnie Raitt invites the blues queen onstage, and Bonnie and Sippy do the song right. It’s a lusty number about women stealing your man. An 80 something Sippy keeps reminding us “Don’t be a fool!”

At the end of the song, the applause just goes on and on.

But it’s Sippy’s infectious laugh that grabs you. She’s lived over eighty years, and her laugh says it all: I’ve lived well and life’s a hoot.

Eventually, the cheering and laughing fade away… to that mysterious place where everything goes after the song ends.