Happy Mother’s Day!

Hello!  This Mother’s day I have a couple of notable “firsts”:

1.  This is my first Mother’s day as a Grandmother–totally cool!  I babysit each weekend and this morning at 3:30 am, her little head popped up over the crib rail and yelled “Hi!!”  Way too cute!

2.  This is the first Mother’s day that BOTH of my kids have been clean, sober, out of jail, out of treatment, living successfully on their own and gainfully employed, both at the same time!!!  I even received a dozen roses from them in an assortment of beautiful colors.  After I woke from the sudden, dead faint that struck me, I made sure I thanked them both.  Wow!

My daughter in law also surprised me with some awesome beauty/hair products that were COMPLETELY unexpected (but MUCH needed). What an sweet, considerate thing to do!  She’s working, going to school, keeping up a home for Peanut & running herself ragged.  What a great group of youngin’s.

Wishing each of you a happy, peaceful Mother’s day!  Thanks for stopping by.

What Makes a Beautiful Life?

Sent to me by my Dear Uncle, who was raised more like a brother,  after we all returned home from Saturday’s funeral.  Author unknown

1] Prayer is not a “spare wheel” that you pull out when in trouble, but it is a “steering wheel” that directs the right path throughout the journey.

So why is a Car’s WINDSHIELD so large and the Rear View Mirror so small? Because our PAST is not as important as our FUTURE. So, Look Ahead and Move on.

Friendship is like a BOOK. It takes a few minutes to burn, but it takes years to write.

All things in life are temporary. If going well, enjoy it, they will not last forever. If going wrong, don’t worry, they can’t last long either.

Old Friends are Gold! New Friends are Diamond! If you get a Diamond, don’t forget the Gold! Because to hold a Diamond, you always need a Base of Gold!

Often when we lose hope and think this is the end, GOD smiles from above and says, “Relax, sweetheart, it’s just a bend, not the end!

When GOD solves your problems, you have faith in HIS abilities; when GOD doesn’t solve your problems HE has faith in your abilities.

A blind person asked St. Anthony: “Can there be anything worse than losing eye sight?” He replied: “Yes, losing your vision!”

When you pray for others, God listens to you and blesses them, and sometimes, when you are safe and happy, remember that someone has prayed for you.

WORRYING does not take away tomorrow’s TROUBLES, it takes away today’s PEACE.

On Being With Dying

My phone rang Tuesday morning and I heard my Mom say “She’s a lot worse and I think you should come on.”  My mind switches to a sudden plan B.  Grabbing things I’ll need for a stay of unknown duration, making arrangements for work, animals, payroll and the daily real world shuts OFF.   I’m on the road in record time.

My Dear Aunt is one of my best friends.  I was born on her birthday & we’ve shared a special

kinship all of my life.  She had been sick for several years and finally, with Hospice, she was home to spend her last days.  We knew her time was short but she took a sudden turn & it was time for all of us to come together once more.

When I arrived she was barely responsive.  She did find the strength to tell us she loved us and she wanted to go home, but she soon slipped behind a thickening veil of clouds.  I quickly slid into my care-taking, instruction-giving nursely role and helped my family keep her comfortable.  Checking, talking, turning, medicating, praying, I was thankful to have things to do which allowed me to detach and simply be with the process.  I sat with her during the night, saying very little–taking solace in having time alone with her before she passed beyond my grasp.

Morning came; she was still clinging tenuously as family & friends came and went.  We talked, told stories…. We remembered.  Everyone called her Granny, including my kids.  My mom was Mamaw & she was Granny to them.  As a child, teen and young woman I spent a big chunk of my life in her home, milling among my cousins & loving the chaos.  It was so different from my life as an only child.

Dates, life lessons, family tragedies–we shared them all.  She and I would have ‘beauty nights’ when we sat at the kitchen table with goop on our faces or polishing our nails.  She & my Mom had similar nights with my daughter as well.  We laughed hysterically, remembering my preteen daughter working and working to remove a dried facial mask saying “Granny, it’s hard to get it out of the cracks and crevices”.  That’s when my daughter learned about wrinkles!  Hilarious, candid life played out for all of us….  We remembered years & years of home cooked food, washed dishes and stray animals.  Such a menagerie–dogs, cats, snakes, squirrels, rabbits, birds, ferrets, fish,  hamsters, mice, gerbils, guinea pigs….. Everything landed on her corner for a while…

She passed on Wednesday evening-quietly, peacefully and surrounded by love.

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