Today is Mother's Day and I miss her terribly. Her life was hard but she didn't let it get her down. She remained a pleasant woman and devoted mother. She remained focused on her responsibilities and was a solid rock for us.
I miss her wisdom and her laughter. She could sum things up so quickly and with so few words her Pearls of Wisdom made an impression on my young mind. We shared some deep belly laughs, too. She was a sweetie pie!
For years after her death, I missed her voice, laughter, and the smell of her. Needless to say, I missed her cooking, too. She was a great cook. She loved variety in food and ensured we tried everything before she allowed us to turn up our noses at anything. Thanks to Momma there aren't many things I dislike.
I lost Momma the year I turned 40. That was a tough year for a lot of reasons none of which were age. My personal life was difficult, my work life was hard, I was working on my master's in engineering, and she was very ill. I was far from her and couldn't easily get to her to help. Once we knew the true extent of her illness, my sister carried the brunt of the load.
My sister told me repeatedly to not resign from my job to move home. While I appreciated her position, it was still upsetting to be so far from Mother because she was so ill. She was my rock thus the most important parent in my life. She had been my only parent, indeed.
I turned 40 December 2nd and Mother passed away December 31st. Five days earlier we lost her middle sister, who was also a sweetheart, to cancer. That December was the toughest ever.
As tough as the last few weeks were for Momma, she never lost faith in Jesus Christ as her Lord and Savior. That was one of many aspects of life from which she never wavered. It gives one pause to think because of the suffering she endured in this life. It encourages me today.
Although I know I'll see her in Heaven again, I still miss her in this life.