It was shocking 36 years ago that my mother was gone, and very suddenly. What got her to that point happened over much of her life to that point. It was a culmination of her habits, choices, thoughts and beliefs. But she was only in the hospital for 3 weeks, so even though looking back it really wasn’t surprising, it was a shock.
I hadn’t even met my husband at that point and now looking back I am so sad for all she missed out on experiencing. She wasn’t there when I wore her wedding dress and married my husband. She never got to meet and enjoy her three amazing grandchildren. This especially touches me since I became a grandmother for the first time in 2016. I enjoyed raising my own babies and I am having a ball with my brilliant little grandson. So it’s especially heartbreaking for me to know she missed out on this incredible blessing.
Most of us grow up almost idolizing our parents and wanting to be just like them. As a young child I thought my mother was the most beautiful, amazing woman I could ever imagine and I wanted to be just like her. As I grew up I realized she was not taking very good care of herself. Unfortunately, in my very early 20’s I slipped into some of her very unhealthy and destructive habits.
Only by God’s grace did I have a very clear wake up call and turn my life around. Thankfully I have been blessed to have a very rich and satisfying life and I expect that to continue for many, many more years.
I knew my mother died way too young but now as I am that very same age, I realize just how young it really was and how much living she missed out on. As I honor my mom today, I thank God for giving me such a clear warning; I am thankful I listened and made a quality decision to live my life differently and I appreciate the opportunity to have been married for 35 years to a wonderful man and to have raised my three children. I love being able to enjoy them as adults now as much as I did when they were babies and small children. Maybe even more! And I adore my little grandson and all the other granchildren I hope to enjoy in the coming years.
As I look back from my vantage point today I can say your choices do matter – maybe more than you realize. I heard someone say his doctor asked him a very pointed question: if you could only have one car for your entire life, wouldn’t you take good care of it? The answer, of course, is yes! Well, we only get one vehicle to navigate through this life. It makes all the difference in the world how you care for it.
I wish everyone who takes the time to read this blog health, peace, joy and a long satisfying life.
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