I was blessed for 58 years with a wonderful mother. I truly believe she loved me with all her heart. She and I had our "moments" as all mothers and daughters do, but I can honestly say that I never doubted her love and devotion for a minute.
On October 13, she will have been gone for three years and there isn't a day that passes that I don't think about her and wish that she were here with us.
Once she said to me that she missed her own Mother more than she ever realized that she would, and that many times she actually went to the phone to call her to tell something and then the reality of her absence would sink ever deeper into her heart. From the minute Mother passed from this life to Heaven, I understood that feeling. Just as her presence changed me and helped mold me, her absence changed something inside me forever.
The flowers on the left were in her memory at my church Sunday. They were so beautiful and I think she would have liked the arrangement very much. I'd like to thank my friend and florist, Mary for arranging them exactly as I requested.
The picture on the right is one some of you have seen before. It was taken in 1956. I was the flower girl in the wedding of my mother's best friend, Peggy. It was a beautiful Christmas wedding, everyone was in white with sparkly silver baskets of poinsettias. I can still visualize the scene. Peggy's daughter, Patti, was my Jr. Bridesmaid when I married. When Mother was diagnosed with colon cancer, Peggy drove to see her and spend the night to give us a little break away from the hospital. Those visits meant so much to my mother. They laughed and talked and Mother said she felt better just having Peggy near. Friends are such a balm to the soul at a time of dire distress. Mother lived 2 1/2 months after her diagnosis and Peggy had a long scheduled hospital procedure the day of Mother's funeral...but when we got to the cemetery after a long ride from Jackson, Ms. there she was. Peggy literally got up off that hospital table and came to honor my mother! What a lady! My mother always did have good taste in friends.
I would like to publicly thank all the women in my life...mothers of my childhood friends, church "mamas", circle friends, student friends who have become young women friends, co-worker friends and just plain everyday friends...both young and old. I love you all and I hope you have been blessed with a mother like mine... but if you weren't, then be a mama to somebody else just like mine. Blessed be the tie that binds.... Thank you, Lord, for giving me those precious years with my mother.