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A Letter to my Beautiful Mother

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Posted: May 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.
Updated: May 11, 2014 2:00 a.m.
 

Dear Mom:

I can’t believe you’ve been gone over four years and I miss you so very much.

Among the many things I miss are your sweet smile, your wonderful sense of humor, your incredible strength, but most of all, the love and caring you always showed to your family and friends.

I will always remember when I was a teenager, and due to circumstances beyond your control, you suddenly found yourself alone with two children to care for.

Instead of curling into a ball and hiding away you took classes to learn the skills needed to get a job. And get a job you did . . . as a dental assistant, eventually working your way up to office manager.

You were able to keep my brother and me in our home with food on the table and clean clothes to wear.

Although we didn’t have a lot of extras, we always knew you were there for us whenever we needed you.

You were the strongest person I have ever known and I believe my two adult daughters inherited that quality from you.

How my daughters loved spending time with you over Easter vacations and a couple of weeks during the summer. They have told me so many funny stories over the years about the things you did with them.

Toward your later years, after tragically losing your beloved husband, I once again admired your strength for taking on the challenge of having a new home built.

You lived there for many years and loved the desert so much, especially the little creatures that played in your backyard. There were bunnies, quail and even a roadrunner.

You also volunteered at the local hospital and ended up giving 35,000 hours, the most in all of California at that time. You were awarded a beautiful plaque at a special ceremony attended by your volunteer friends and even the hospital Administrator. I know they all missed you terribly when you eventually had to resign due to health problems.

We then moved you down here to a senior apartment where you could be closer to us.

Even at age 88, you still took your morning walks, talking with the other tenants (and their pets).

You and I would go shopping and out to lunch every week. You particularly liked a deli out here where we got to know the employees and enjoy the fabulous food.

Then I got that awful phone call one morning that you had fallen and hit the back of your head on your kitchen floor.

I went over immediately and called 911. You were in the hospital for a week or so but never came out of a coma.

I was with you at 7 p.m. on March 23, 2010 when you took your last breath. I kissed your sweet forehead and tearfully told you goodbye.

Even though you are not here physically, I feel your spirit with me at all times.

I’m so grateful that you were chosen to be my Mother and I want you to know that I will think of you and miss you every day for the rest of my life.

Happy Mother’s Day!

With love & hugs,

Your daughter,

Judy

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