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EDITORIAL | Mom is far away, but remains close to heart

It’s been years since I’ve been able to spend Mother’s Day with my mom. But I’ve always made sure there’s a card in the mail and a phone call on that special day to remind her how much I love and appreciate her.

Picking out a card is the hardest thing for me. I go through dozens of cards at several stores to find the “perfect card” that says exactly how I feel.

While growing up in Louisiana, my mom was a constant presence in my life. She was my biggest fan and supporter of whatever I decided to pursue.

Not only was she a great homemaker, but she also helped run the family grocery store. Because we lived close to the store, my mom was able to juggle housecleaning, cooking and cleaning — along with waiting on customers and dealing with salespeople.

The only days during the year she didn’t cook was if we were out of town, the day after Thanksgiving and Christmas. The beds were made up every day and the house was spotless. My dad often said, “If we didn’t have dishes, we could eat off your mom’s floor.” Trust me, it was that clean.

My family wasn’t real big into celebrating birthdays, but she always made our favorite cake. Mine was yellow mix with chocolate icing with crushed pecans sprinkled on top.

After my father passed away, mom became more independent. Since she never took vacations while raising a family and running a business, mom took the opportunities to go on several cruises — even one to Alaska.

She’s also made a couple of trips to Washington.

But her independence was halted at age 78. A fall off a porch injured my mom’s spinal cord and today she’s undergoing rehab. Doctors say it may take 18 months or so until she will be able to fully live on her own.

For five months my mom laid in a hospital bed with limited movement, so my weekly calls were less frequent. I was not used to not being able to talk to her. I missed her.

But now she’s back at home recovering and going through rehab. Now we talk at least twice a week. There is just sometime about hearing her voice and telling her you love her.

I know in time, my mom with pass away from this life and all I will have are fond memories of her. She will always be in my heart.

Don’t forget to honor your mom this Mother’s Day. Remember, she not going to live forever.

 

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