So far 2023 has been one huge lemon. Both my husband and I experienced the loss of our mothers. Two beautiful, strong, loved women within one month of each other.
We knew this time would come. For it will happen to all of us, but you are never prepared. There was no long term illness to prepare us, so I feel that added to the grief and shock.
You look back and think, “should I have done this?” or “if only we had more time”, and many other thoughts that only haunt you and take away your joy.
Covid robbed us of visits and family events; but you all have experienced the same. We were blessed that we could talk daily. But it is still not the same. We were the lucky ones who were able to be there at that final moment of our mother’s lives, but so many were not given that gift due to restrictions. And I am sorry for all of you who experienced that tragedy.
My mom was born before her time I always felt. Who goes on their own in their mid to upper 60’s and white water rafts down the Amazon? Then later eats a piranha that she caught?
I told my sister we are beginning a new chapter in our lives and I feel blessed that I have her to share this time with her. We have decided to commit to getting together more often and remember our mom by doing so. She would want us to embrace and enjoy life for that was who she was.
So Jane, are you ready to go white water rafting and eat some piranha? It is time to make some lemonade.
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