I was so blessed. We all were, my siblings and I. In the words of Jan Arden’s song, Good Mother:

“I’ve got a good mother
And her voice is what keeps me here”.

Our mother left this plane of existence many, many years ago. Yet, I still hear her voice in my mind, and still feel her blessings in my heart. She had several health issues, including diabetes. At that point in time she was admitted to hospital to learn how to take insulin by injection. Ten days later she was gone. Just a couple of days after she’d been admitted we learned she had cancer. Liver cancer is known as the silent killer (at least it was at the time). She knew long before the diagnosis. At different points she had told me and my sisters her premonition, her deep instinct that her time was limited, that she believed she had cancer. We each struggled with that information; with the idea of her death, which was impossible to accept. Months later we would have no choice. Yet, it is not her death that left the most important imprint, but a lifetime of loving, living, giving, and caring for her family, but also for the community at large.

Mom was wise and insightful; understanding and compassionate. Family meant everything to her. She was devout but not dour. She sang a lot. She laughed a lot, too. She left us an example to follow, which is not easy sometimes. I could write so much more about all her positive attributes, but I think you get the gist of it. So, while I still miss having her in my life in a physical sense, I know she is always nearby, encouraging us as she always did. When I was visiting her in hospital one day she turned to me and said, “You’ll be all right, you know”. I remember answering, “Yes, I know, because I’ve had you”. That answer remains true today. And I will be eternally grateful for her care of me.

This is my Mom. Taken in North Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada around 1944

17 thoughts on “Reminiscing and rejoicing about Mom this Mothers’ Day weekend

    1. She was an incredible woman and remains one of my heroes. Yes, I do look like her. My eyes are brown but hers were gray, that’s about the only real difference. When I visited on of her sisters I gave her a bit of a jolt because I look so much like her. LOL

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    1. She truly was a rare and special woman. When I was a teenager friends would disappear and I’d find them sitting with my mother having a great chat. I know I am biased but more than one friend confided they wished she was their Mom too.

      thanks so much, Celenia. I hope you have a nice weekend. Happy Mothers’ Day my friend, treasure your good memories. Sending loving hugs xo

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