Sunday, May 9, 2010

I Miss Her

WHEN I WAS A CHILD, Mom was always there for me.

*It was fun to go with Mom to McNeany's and Chester's department stores to select fabrics and patterns for clothes which she sewed for me. When I came home from school, they'd be ready for me to try on. The dresses and all the other clothing items she made were always extremely well-made and one of a kind.

*I always knew I'd come home to a delicious home-cooked meal and dessert besides.

*Our home was always clean; I always had nice clean clothes to wear.

*I always had everything I needed and more.

*WHEN I WAS AN ADULT, Mom was still eager to be there when I needed anything.
*Whenever I stopped at my parents' house, Mom and Dad were always there and would always warmly welcome me.

*It was always a treat when Mom would call me at work and invite me over for lunch.

*She always made holidays special for me, all four of my brothers and our families.

*Mom would always rather give than receive.

*Mom and I would make huge batches of lefse, a Norwegian treat, together in her kitchen. (Mom was a full-blooded Norwegian). About halfway through the process, we'd clear a portion of the table and Dad would join us for a lunch of lefse, cranberry sauce and hard-boiled eggs. I loved my lefse spread with butter and sprinkled with sugar.

*Mom babysat for my son, Jared, whenever I needed her help.

*When Mom had was unable to do for others as Parkinson's disease disabled her, she still tried to give in any way she could. When she couldn't get up from her chair by herself, she'd say, "Get yourself a candy from that dish over there," or "Help yourself to a cookie and some juice in the refrigerator." During that phase of Mom's life, I think not being able to take care of others bothered her more than anything else.

*Throughout my life, my mother was there for me, ready and willing to give of herself to me in anyway she could.

*Mom always made me feel as safe as a lamb in Jesus' arms.

*I miss her.


Anonymous said...

Your heartfelt post brought tears to my eyes. Happy Mothers Day, Shaddy.

Len♥reNeverM♥re said...

Oh Shaddy you made me a little teary~
someday you'll meet her again~ have faith, amen! A lovely tribute & reminder to cherish those we still have on earth...
BIG Hugs*

Parrot Writes said...

A very beautiful tribute to a very important lady in your life. Just think how her way shaped your way. These memories are pure treasures. Writing them down will keep them alive for your son.
Hope you had a grand day!

Anonymous said...

This is just beautiful sweet Shaddy. I really envy your relationship with your Mom. I'm so glad you have so many good memories to keep with you.
Happy Mother's Day Shaddy!

Shaddy said...

To all of you who commented: Thank you for reading my post and for your kind words. I hope all of you had a wonderful day yesterday.

Natasha said...

What a nice tribute to your mother! It sounds like she was a wonderful woman.

Anonymous said...

You were very lucky.
Happy mother's day!

Annie said...

What a beautiful tribute to your mom! I love how you described she 'always made me feel as safe as a lamb in Jesus' arms.' Don't ever forget that feeling...

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