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Tuesday, December 17, 2019

One Seventy-one

On her wedding day.

It’s Christmas. I’m missing Mom...
Our Christmas house had just been decorated, but now, my perennially-busy mother was nowhere to be seen.
I entered the front room, lit only by the lights on the tree.
There she was, just sitting quietly, looking at it.
I remember those lights bathing her in a soft glow.
A different, more heavenly light is shining on her now.
How I wish I could see it!

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21 comments:

  1. I completely blew it this month on this one! This is my first Christmas without my mom so I totally get it. It never gets easier just more familiar I guess.

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    1. I still miss her every day. She's been gone 17 years! I was thinking the other day, "I haven't talked to Mom in a while! I need to phone her!" Then remembered. Sigh.

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  2. I'm sorry. So many of my friends are missing their mommas this year. I miss my Daddy, a lot. He loved Christmas and was a big kid when it came to opening gifts and his stocking.

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  3. Holidays and anniversaries are when we miss them most.

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  4. Memories are stronger at this time of year, for sure.

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  5. What a beautiful memory of your mom. She was such a lovely, special person.

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    1. She really was, Laurie! I love coming across people who fondly remember her. I was at a reunion for her side of the family and people kept coming up to me and exclaiming that I looked exactly like her. I was soooo happy!

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  6. Awww. It's so hard to miss the ones we love at this time.

    It sounds like once in so often she just needed that quiet moment, as we all do.

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    1. I think that's why it sticks with me. She was never still. Except that once.

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  7. There isn’t a day that I don’t think of my mom. She has been gone 18 years, but she, like you and your mom is always with me.

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  8. I have a lovely mental image now of your mum sitting by a softly lighted tree.

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    1. I didn't realize at the time what a soft, perfect memory it would become!

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  9. Beautiful, Diane. I can see it, and it's brought a big lump to my throat. But isn't it wonderful that we have such a thing as a memory, where those images are safely kept . . .

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    1. Yes! Such a simple memory. But it sure does stay with me!

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