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Topic: FAMILY (01/21/16)
- TITLE: Happy Mother's Day
By C D Swanson
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The funeral went as well as any funeral can go—Crying, comfort, and joy knowing where she was brought a sense of relief to the many people in attendance—and then my mom uttered the same words again this time to me, “I can never say Happy Mother’s Day again.”
As the years waned I never brought that up to Mom. We healed, and held the memories in our hearts, and laughed at the times we’d shared with Grandmother.
This past Mother’s Day, my mom went into the hospital with what was supposed to be a “minor set-back” from an illness that she’d been battling for some time. Three days later she was gone.
I had called her on Mother’s Day to say, “Happy Mother’s Day Mom…” Not realizing that would be the last time I would utter those words. Never again would I share another Mother’s Day with her, or say those four deeply meaningful words again…
Although at the time I didn’t realize the significance of what Mom uttered in her grief, it was in fact a very big and powerful moment. A moment that I wouldn’t realize until forty-four years later.
You see, a Mom is the one who is always there for you, through thick and thin. She is the one constant cheering section in all the ups and downs of your life; she is the one who paves the way for your adult highway of life. She is the one who tucks you in bed, reads you a story and says, “Everything will be okay.” She is the one being, other than God, who truly knows you inside and out, and loves you despite it all.
She was the best, and the sweetest woman, you could possibly encounter, and I’m so blessed to have had her in my life and honored to have called her Mom.
I miss her deeply, I think of her daily, and I’ll love her forever.
When Mother’s Day comes this May, I’ll truly feel the impact of my Mom’s words, all those years ago…
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