My daughter called me this morning, from across the country. First she texted at o’dark thirty; “Are you up?” It was about 5:45 am. I stumbled out of bed and grabbed my cell phone to see who it was. This is the deal. When a mom receives a text from a daughter — does not matter how old she is — at o’dark thirty in the morning, a mom must be “up”. I’m up. I called her back. “What is it honey? Is everything OK?” — I made my way to the kitchen to put coffee on. Of course it’s not OK. Daughter calling mom at o’dark thirty.
“Mom, I just needed to hear the voice of someone I know cares for me.” And later, she added, “I think the best gift you ever gave me was your unconditional love.“
I know that gift. My mom gave me the same gift. Thank God! And that brings me to what I want to say. God is all about unconditional love. God invented unconditional love. God IS unconditional love. So, when your mom is gone and you are missing that love so much, it is so important to remember that God is always there. Always. Remember that, my sweet daughters. Know that it is His love that is sustaining me as I remember my mom today and miss her so dearly. And it is His love that will keep you steadfast and strong at the weakest times.
But today, I feel strong. And today, I celebrate life and thank God for my children and their unconditional love of me. I am truly blessed. Happy Mother’s Day!
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I’m so bored! Ya think if I cough up a hair ball, I’ll get a rise out of her?
It’s worked before. Can’t hurt to try!
I traveled from California to Jackson, Michigan to celebrate my sweet Aunt’s 93rd birthday! While there, I had the opportunity to meet a whole bunch of cousins whom I had never met before.
What a shame to let years go by and never really get to know your kin. What a blessing to figure it out before it’s too late! Unfortunately, my father, who was born in Michigan, settled in California and for some reason, we never traveled back east to visit our relatives. Perhaps Dad and Mom couldn’t afford it. I know for a fact that he adored his siblings and corresponded with them throughout his life.
The cool thing about kin is that there is no “ice-breaker” necessary. You show up out of nowhere. You don’t have to explain your history; at least not yet, anyway. You smile and hug. No security check. No X-ray machine to walk through first. There is an immediate, inexplicable bond. You look alike. You talk alike. You find out that you share many things in common. The next thing you know, you’re eating birthday cake together, celebrating the life of an aunt whom you all adore…
and making friends with your cousin’s dog who took to you like sliced bread!
Don’t wait. Life is so short! Life is so precious!
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