MOTHER’S DAY: May 2003
It was my sister, Nancy’s, idea. ” Let’s have a Mother’s Day party this year!”, she said. “Ok”, I said, eyes rolling. “And let’s make everybody wear a hat!” Groan! She’s always coming up with these bright ideas. So, as it seems I’ve done all my life, I try to please my older sibling. I set out trying to decide on the “perfect” hat and then decided to make it myself by adding embellishments to a straw hat. Aaaack!
Mother's Day 2003
True to form, Nancy decorated her house that would put Martha Stewart to shame. And on the “appointed day”, we all showed up in all our finery: Nancy’s mother-in-law, Elsie, my mom, Lucille, Nancy, Me and Natalee, my little sister. We had a lot of fun comparing hats and telling stories! Mother’s Day 2003 was declared a success!
A few weeks later in June of 2003, my mom passed away after a sudden stroke. As God has done many times in my life, our family was blessed to have all gathered together just two days before that. All the kids and grand kids were there and we’d had a great time.
And just the week before her stroke, I was able to give her a birthday cake I had decorated myself after having just taken a class. I took a picture of her holding it.
Mom's BD Cake
And it was used as her obituary photo.
God saw to it I had one more memorable time with my mom–I was honored and privileged to be holding her hand when she took her last breath. I whispered into her ear “Go on ahead, Mom, we’ll catch up.”
I’ll miss her again on Mother’s Day this year.
But I will always have her to wish a Happy Mother’s Day because she will always be in my memories and in my heart.