Mother's Day is just around the corner, I wanted to share a memory about my Momma.
I can't honestly say it's my favorite memory of her, but it has helped shape me into the person I am.
My Mom was one of the most selfless people I have ever known. She always did her best to take care of us all, and make sure we had everything that we needed.
She was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer about 5 and a half years ago. She very rarely complained. She went through all of the treatments she could so that she could be with us as long as possible. Not long after her diagnosis, my Father was also diagnosed with cancer. It was a really rough time for all of us.
Once her treatments were complete, she did fairly well for a bit. She had once told me that she just wanted to live long enough to see my little ones graduate from Elementary school. Sadly it wasn't to be. The cancer had moved into her liver, and was causing it to shut down. We were told we had just a few precious weeks. True to form, my Momma took charge. She wrote her own obituary, and made sure we all knew what she expected us to do for her funeral. She made sure my dad had new pants to wear for it too! She spoke with our close family friend, who is a Mortician, and told him of her wishes. She made him promise to bury her with her teeth in her mouth so that my older brothers could not get them and freeze them in a glass of water, like they had often threatened to do. She also had my Aunt go shopping so that there were Mother's Day gifts for my sisters and I the following month. She did her best to make things as easy as possible for us.
The day she passed away, I was sitting by her side holding her hand. I just couldn't let go. I wanted to always remember the feel of her there with me. She waited until I got up and walked away to pass quietly away. I felt a breeze behind me and I knew she had gone. I miss her every day. I know she is still doing her best to mother me from heaven. I am so blessed to be her daughter. I am so grateful for the example that she was and is to me. I hope that someday I will be just like her.
Happy Mother's Day Momma.
I love you.