There are moments in your life that are unique and singular. In a subtle attempt to go unnoticed they blend in quite discreetly between all of the rest. Things will happen which define who you are and what you will become. These “things” which are often called memories will carry you into adulthood, parenthood and even old age. The wonderful moments seem to float to the top as the years slip by. For instance, in just a few short days, I will find myself looking at November 15 on the calendar above my desk. My heart will ache for a moment as I realize that it would have been my mother’s 83rd birthday, had she only survived that heart attack back in 2012. I could dwell upon the time spent holding her lifeless hand as she lay motionless in that hospital bed, but I won’t. Instead I will recall the sound of her laugh, the smell of her perfume and the twinkle in her eye as she told and retold the stories of her youth. I will be thankful for the lessons taught and the wisdom shared and I will smile, grateful for the many years we shared.
Take time to share life with those you hold dear. You may lose them one day. Be sure you have plenty of special memories tucked away to pull you through the melancholy moments when the feeling of loss creeps upon you. You will discover that they are the medicine of the heart and healing of the soul.
Happy birthday mom….and thank you for all that you left behind.