4/10/2009

In Loving Memory...


Tomorrow, April 11th, is the 11th anniversary of my mother's death. She passed away in a hospice facility on April 11, 1998. If I remember correctly, it was the day before Easter. Just as tomorrow will be. She was diagnosed with uterine cancer on February 17th and died about seven weeks later.

Mama was a shy person. She was very humble and kind. There is a lot I want to say about her. But, I'm saving it for a possible book I plan to write on her someday. She was the greatest hero I've ever known. She took all kinds of abuse from an alcoholic husband, had four kids, scrimped and saved to get us things that other kids took for granted. Mama was always there for us in the darkest of days...and I do mean the very darkest of days. Mama was brave. But, her bravery was due to the fact she had four children she intended to see get something she never had; and education. Mama knew the only way we could get our way out of the depths of the despair she experienced was through an education. I thank God for her. I hate to even think what would have become of me if she had not been around.

She took the news of her impending death in stride. She never flinched when the doctors told her she had only a 10% chance of living another six months. Mama was a devout Christian. Death had no hold on her. The only thing she worried about, you guessed it, her children who were full grown by this time. Mama was never quite the same after my little sister died in 1989. It was miraculous she lasted another nine years. I think she was holding on for us. She was the very personification of "a good mother." I will always miss her.

8 comments:

Hi David, thank you for sharing something of your mother and your relationship with her. I am a mother of two children and I continue to learn everyday what being a mother means for me. I never imagined ever that it would be the way it is just now. That said, I am certain it will continue to change. I am being deliberately vague here but I really wanted to express my gratitude for children/sons like you and mothers like yours. Blessings.

What a lovely testimonial of a wonderful woman. In many ways my mother was a heroine too, a woman who had nine of us and also lost a child, my younger brother.

The impact parents can have on their children can be outstanding. I'm glad that your mother persevered; truly her reward is heaven at the feet of her Savior, Jesus Christ.

Sorry for your loss David. It's true that mothers are the most amazing people. The sacrifices they make and their unconditional love are what makes us who we are.

Lucy, Matt and Jan,

Thank you all for your kind comments. April 11 every year is a difficult time for me and my siblings. But, we try to remember all the good times we had with Mama and how she led us out of the darkness and into the light. Thank you all so very much.

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My thoughts are with you David. April 15th will be the first anniversay of my fathers passing last year of cancer. I am headed home to Canada tomorrow to spend a couple of weeks with my mom and family. It is going to be the hardest year to get past for her. i had her come here to Florida for the first Christmas just to give her a different feel. Life can be hard and that is why we have those precious things called memories.
Have a very nice day!
~D~

Dorthy,

My thoughts are likewise with you. I never really had a "dad." He was there physically. But, that was it. My prayers and thoughts are with you.

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