She never forgot a birthday. Once she knew a person’s birthday it was totally entrenched in her brain. She liked to sing old songs and talk about good days gone by. She loved her kids….. a lot! The She that I speak of is my Mom. She passed away almost 2 years ago, to all of our surprise. Her transition was peacefully completed in her sleep. I often think of her and smile. I was blessed to have such a beautiful person in my life. She was far from perfect, yet who she was, is far more important than who she wasn’t.
She raised us the best she knew. I am the baby of all my siblings by 8 yrs yet most of my memories of childhood were simply of her and I.
She made me a backyard “carnival” for Halloween one year. It was complete with a apple bobbing station and pony rides(our dog)! She made weird ice cream sandwiches out of light bread and vanilla ice cream(Truth!). She would give away fried chicken to trick-or-treaters. We would take trips out of town on the Greyhound bus just to get away for a while. When I welcomed my first child at a young age, she opened her arms and heart to accept and forgive me.
She was always there. Now she’s not. I miss her dearly, but I know she’s with Jesus where there is no more pain or sorrow and where joy abounds. This Mother’s Day is one of happy remembrance for me. One of sweet reflection upon yesterday with a cheerful expectation for today that nourishes a hopeful future. Happy Mother’s Day to you Dear Mama!