Daily Prompt: Dear Mom

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Mom and I, age 7

Dearest Mommy Lady,

I know you saw the letter I wrote to Alexandra, and now here’s one for you. I didn’t plan on going on a letter-writing campaign this week, lol, but I finally saw a writing challenge I couldn’t resist.  I’m supposed to be telling you something I’ve never been able to, but considering our excellent communication, I wasn’t quite sure what that might be. 🙂 My immediate thought was to tell you again how much I love you, and that I’m truly beginning to understand your loving intent behind so many of your mommy ways.  This is nothing I haven’t said to you before, but in light of today’s tragedy, I wanted to be sure you knew it.  As I think of all the hearts that were left broken after such a senseless act, I thank God that I’ve had 31 wonderful years with you.  We’ve certainly bumped heads and worked each others nerves, but as this picture shows, we are much more alike than either one of us might care to admit. 😉  I KNOW I am blessed to have a mother like you, but that’s not all I really wanted to say.

Years ago, you and my dad divorced.  No one was more shocked than Chris and I to discover that our “perfect” family wasn’t so wonderfully happy, and drama-free after all.  We all faced pain, struggles, and hard times, but even in the midst of turmoil you both truly kept us first.  I don’t just mean with the material things, but in keeping watch over the delicate minds of your children.  I never heard you curse my father out or make him the villain.  You never told me horror stories of how he ruined your life, and you never filled our heads with lies.  Thank you, thank you, and thank you for that.  I know that despite your Wonder Woman façade, WonderWomanV5it was very hard on you, but you refused to let it tear our family apart.  I remember adults questioning me, because they couldn’t understand how you and Dad could still get along so well.  Thinking about it now I realize how innappropriate some people were, but what mattered is that your continued friendship gave your kids the confidence to know that we always had both our parents in our corner

A little over 3 years ago you took that friendship to another level.  You became the caregiver for my cancer-stricken daddy, and invited him to live with you and Kenny in his final weeks.  This, your ex-husband, was now the man whose doctors appointments you attended, and whose bandages you changed.  When he was at his weakest, you and D2 (please let him know that my love and appreciation for him is fully included in this letter too) did all that you could to make him comfortable.  Your home was now his once again, and in his final days I never worried about him being lonely or afraid.

Ok, now I’m crying, but it’s important for you to know that you and my stepdad showed me one of the greatest examples of unconditional love I have ever witnessed.  Maybe everyone didn’t understand.  Maybe their own pettiness in handling such circumstances wouldn’t allow them to see the brilliance of what God was doing, and you know what? That’s fine with me.  I got the message loud and clear.  Mommy, you’re one-of-a-kind.  I joke about your Vulcan tendencies, Spock_vulcan-salutebut the strength I’ve witnessed in you has shaped me in many ways.

I could go on and on, but I guess I’ve said all this for one very important reason.  Thank you for taking such great care of your long-time friend, and the man that meant the most to me in the whole world.  I want you to know that this girl’s heart will never, ever forget.

Love you always,

Me

0 thoughts on “Daily Prompt: Dear Mom

  1. Oh my Gosh, this touched my heart so deeply. Your mother is an amazing woman. I stopped in to say it was good to see your pix shop up on my blog and I was truly truly blessed. What an amazing gift—what an amazing legacy. Denise

    1. Thank you so much Denise! My mom is such a special lady, and this was the perfect opportunity to try to convey some of that to the world!

      I’ve really been enjoying your Countdown to Christmas, and I’ll certainly be back soon!!

      God bless you friend,

      Patricia

  2. Thank you so much for sharing this precious memory with us! I must agree with your other readers, that your mom is a wonderful person! I was amazed by how much you look like your mom, LOL! 🙂 I had to smile when I read that you just recently affirmed how much you look like your mom, and vice versa. My mother and I shared the same experience not long ago, LOL! 🙂 May the Lord bless you, abundantly!

    Paulette

    1. Really Paulette? That’s too funny! I can honestly say there’s no more denial here! 🙂 Thanks so much for reading and sharing your thoughts on this letter that’s so special to me. I missed your praise session last week….Praying all is well and that your days are filled with comfort, peace, and joy!!

      God Bless you friend!

      Patricia

  3. “Thank you for taking such great care of your long-time friend, and the man that meant the most to me in the whole world. I want you to know that this girl’s heart will never, ever forget.” I cry with you in this post. You shared so lovingly. Full of moving, grateful, gentle thoughts. Your mom is so full of love in her heart. Her courage and compassion inspires all. God bless her and all the moms in the world. You shared the very feelings I felt for my mom, more that is is Christmas time.

  4. This is amazing. My ex died a few years ago and my amazing husband probably would have allowed him to come stay in our home if he needed. He had a care taker that we thought was wonderful. Sadly, she wiped hiim out. Perhaps she deserved every penny… just wish she had taken it the right way… anyway, I got off track… (that one still piches)
    It takes a great woman to do what your mama did for your daddy but it equally takes an amazing man to move aside and let the woman you love nurse the father of her children on his death bed. YOU had an amazing example. No wonder you are such an awesome example of a Godly woman today! Thank you for sharing!

    1. It was truly amazing to see how much good came out of this situation that was truly devastating for me. I lost my dad (only until we meet again), but gained so much in lessons of love and life. God is so good!!

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