Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Today is July 22...My Mother's Anniversary...

Thirteen years ago today, I was at the exact same place I am today...sitting at my kitchen table at almost exactly the same time.  That day was a Monday.  The Friday before, I had talked to the oncologist, who told me my mom had perhaps 6 months to live, and that living with multiple myeloma was living with one of the most painful cancers.  After talking to my mom on the phone that weekend, and hearing her anguish, I sat on my front steps Sunday evening, and through tears, I talked to my mom out loud, and told her because she had been through so much, it was okay if she died.  So here I was, the next day, sitting at my kitchen table at this very time.  I was supposed to fly to Chicago in a few hours to see her, but just didn't want to get up.  It was then I got the call...my mother had just died.  I just sat there and cried.  Her favorite flower in her later years was the gerbera daisy, and when I got back to Chicago, my sister read me a note my mother had left stating a flower she wanted at her wake.  Pam couldn't discern what the flower was because of my mom's writing, but I looked at the words and immediately knew it was gerbera.  I drove to every grocery store in the area and bought all the gerbera daisies I could find.  These simple daisies were more beautiful than any other floral arrangement, because they were mom's favorite, and I was so happy I was able to accommodate one of her last wishes on that list.  I love you, mom, but more so, I miss you..xxx

In honor of my mother, please go to recipe #1..the very first recipe on this blog...



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