“A sister is a gift to the heart, a friend to the spirit, a golden thread to the meaning of life”. This quote wonderfully describes what my eldest sister Elaine meant to me, when my darling Mummy entered Eternal Glory to be with her Maker.
My sister Elaine was the eldest with three younger sisters and two younger brothers. She was always a loving and caring sister whom we always looked up to.
Elaine was educated at Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa. She studied up to the Senior Cambridge and participated in the school’s activities. She married Christopher Fernando, who was teaching at a school at Tangalle
I was her youngest brother and being 14 years junior to her, most naturally I enjoyed a special love where much of her loving attention was showered on me. It developed in to an affectionate and strong bond between us.
When my darling Mummy was stricken with cancer, bedridden for nearly three years, she nursed her along with my other three sisters. My part was to massage her legs and arms, when I returned home after school.
My darling Mummy’s death made a vast impact on my father’s curriculum of work as Magister Magistorum and a legend of Royal College, Colombo. My sister Elaine stepped in and quite rightly provided my father with the comfort and solace needed both at school and at home.
Elaine was educated at Princess of Wales College, Moratuwa. She studied up to the Senior Cambridge and participated in the school’s activities. She married Christopher Fernando, who was teaching at a school at Tangalle. He too hailed from Moratuwa and finally came to live with us when he got an appointment to teach at St. Thomas’ College, Mt. Lavinia.
Elakka lives with his son and daughter-in-law, and her daughter lives in Canada. She is blessed with five grand children and eight great-grand children. Elakka, my eldest sister has touched the lives of many relations and friends whenever her services were needed because of her altruistic attitude in life. She gave her compassion and kindness to everyone who moved with her. Her inspiration and courage at every moment of their lives.
It is said that there is no better friend than a sister and she was a friend to me whose memories I will always carry in my heart.
Elakka continues to focus on Jesus Christ at all times. Lylie