Sunday, May 1, 2011

mother{less} days

This will be the tenth Mother's Day without her.
I wish it got easier with every passing year, but the radio/TV ads,
greeting card aisles & so much marketing seems to remind me
around every corner and it's often painful.
It feels like there are reminders everywhere that I cannot buy her
a card, flowers or call to say 'Happy Mother's Day, I love you.'

the locket on my wedding bouquet

This time of year is difficult for me, and for the many others
who have lost their mom or never even knew their her.
I am so thankful for the many sweet memories I have.
Every time I hear "Great is Thy Faithfulness" I think of her.
She loved to sing, especially hymns.
One of my most precious memories is from here singing 
as she rocked me to sleep for an afternoon nap.
When I see a garden, I think about how Mom knew the name 
of every flower & remember the beautiful garden we had.
I remember when my dad "trimmed" the butterfly bush
and she nearly cried when she saw what was left of it.
Mom was always there to listen & encourage us, being our #1 fan.  
She volunteered in church, school & with Girl Scouts, but was never 
overbearing or obtrusive, which I didn't appreciate enough at the time.
She disliked doing laundry and ironing.
Mom loved the ocean and combing the beach for sea shells.
 Most of all, she loved being a wife and mother.

Thank you for allowing me to share some dear memories. 
I've also written about Mom here and here.

5 comments:

  1. Oh Beth. I can't imagine what it must be like.
    Praying for you during this time.

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  2. mothers are an amazing gift. praying that you are comforted!

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  3. Your mom sounds like a wonderful lady. I cannot imagine what that must be like for you. Sending you blog hugs.

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  4. I understand how you feel.. luckily my mom is still alive and we share a great relationship. for me what's difficult is fathers day. My father disowned me almost 10 years ago... and every fathers day I still think of him. And it just hurts. xo hugs to you xo bonitarose

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  5. This really made me cry. Great is they Faithfulness-I love that and so does my Mom. While my Mom is still here, for the last 3 years she has had Alzheimer's and this year on my birthday, it was the first time in 38 years that she never acknowledge it. She had no clue. Some days she doesn't really know who I am. It is heartbreaking and while I cherish the days I have with her, it is just so different. I posted about it on my blog: http://www.themommytimes.net/2011/01/i-miss-my-mom.html

    I am sorry for your loss and your Mom sounds a lot like mine used to be. She was the first person I would call when ANYTHING happened in my life, and now I don't have that. I love her dearly and will always be by her side. I just wish she had peace and not chaos in her mind. I just started reading your blog and enjoy it very much.
    Karen

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