Remembering My Mother

Happy Birthday Mother! You would have been 78 today.

My mother would have been 78 today had she not passed away eight years ago.

Today I’m reminded of the memory of her my mother’s laughter and her beautiful smile.

When I was a young girl my mother was always there to cater to my every need, both physically and emotionally.

As I grew into a young woman my mother became more than just a mother. She was a friend, still there to cater to my every need, both physically and emotionally.

When she suffered her stroke and diabetes got the best of her, the tables were turned, and I became the person she relied on. I was there to cater to her every need, both physically and emotionally.

Diabetes is a terrible disease. It robs the life of a person years before they die. But even through my mother’s battle with diabetes there were times when she smiled.

My mother’s death has not been easy on me, but today as I reflect on the day of her birth, I’m reminded of a happy time. The picture is clear in my mind. It is as if I’m looking at a photograph.

It’s my mother’s 60th birthday. She’s wearing a turquoise t-shirt with my daughter’s bib around her neck. She has a smile upon her face as she watches the sparklers on her birthday cake that my husband placed on there. Her smile turns to a shocking one when she notices the layer of Grey ash form over her cake.

As I reflect on the day that was the first image that came to my mind.

“Love is stronger than death even though it can’t stop death from happening, but no matter how hard death tries it can’t separate people from love. It can’t take away our memories either. In the end, life is stronger than death.” -unknown

Her smile, her laughter brings tears to my eyes, but a smile to my heart.

Mother

I feel my Mother’s absence every day, but I continue to feel her presence when I’m reminded of humorous memories like the story above.

I feel her presence whenever I look in a mirror.

Mirror Mirror on the Wall, I am my mother after all!

Happy Birthday Mother! Today my eyes are wet with tears, but my heart is smiling!

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