Monday, March 8, 2010
A Special Lady
Mom and me—2006
These past three and a half years I've had the privilege of helping my mom with the things she couldn't do on her own. As she aged and succumbed to physical difficulties and illness, I got to help her with her lists of things to do. Usually it was the laundry, lunch together, an errand, a doctor's appointment...you just never knew. Sometimes I'd get tired and just want to hang out with her, but she was a pretty goal-oriented person. So we enjoyed the time together, doing things.
In the past six months my mom became very ill. I wrote about it a little here. It was such a journey to watch her go through it as a family, all of us doing whatever we could. Finally, her time was up. Last Friday, March 5th, she died. It was peaceful and she was surrounded by love. I am eternally grateful to the hospital staff for their kindness and sensitivity. She showed dignity and strength, compassion and hope, up through the very end.
She was my mother, my friend, my mentor. She taught me design rules when I was little. She taught me about plants and fairies, about music, singing in harmony, and how to dance. My smile comes from her.
I am so grateful to be her daughter. My sister, father, and our entire family will miss her but keep her in our hearts.
To all mothers and daughters out there, rejoice in your love for each other. Enjoy your time together.
I'm sure my mom's on her way to a good place. Your prayers are welcome.
Posted by Laura at 10:51 PM