My beloved stepmom, I’ll remember you everyday
And on this Mother’s Day
I honor your memory
From struggling beginnings to a deep bond
I treasure the time
As I grieve your loss
Your ability to strive hard and reach far
Met and embraced my locked-down-deep heart
Opened my squeezed-tight eyes
To a life of family, faith, hope, and compromise
You came into my life so late
You left it so very early
The days between but a wisp of wind
Caressing, blessing, gone.
Yet, the wind whispered a song I’ll always sing
It’s never gone.
You sang into my life the very love of a mother
As though I’d been no other
Child but yours.
~ Stiles Expressions
Stepmother Dawn Hochsprung, 47, was shot and killed when she lunged at Adam Lanza in an attempt to disarm the shooter who killed 20 children and six staff member at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. John Masciola, a friend, remembers Hochsprung as “just the sweetest person.” Dawn is the mother of two daughters and three stepdaughters. Rest in Peace.