Mom’s wait was over one year ago today. Her last breath left her while all of us were gathered around her at home, holding her hands, telling her we love her, crying because we knew we’d miss her, but rejoicing that her fight for breath was finished.
We lived in Chattanooga, Tennessee when I was a teenager. One day, Mom, my younger sister, and I were at Eastgate Mall and she wanted to eat at Glen Gene’s deli. We sat down to eat our piled-high deli sandwiches and we talked and laughed. She listened mostly.
I don’t remember our words or what I wore or the taste of the sandwich. I remember the deli wasn’t crowded. I remember her happy and smiling and there. And I remember the song that played while sitting in those yellow seats at Glen Gene’s deli that day. The song was, “True” by Spandau Ballet.
Funny how it seems
Always in time, but never in line for dreams
Head over heels when toe to toe
This is the sound of my soul
This is the sound
“Always in time, but never in line for dreams…..” Mom never spoke of the dreams she had for her life. She didn’t talk about how she thought her life would turn out. I wonder if it was what she thought or hoped it would be.
She loved Daddy and her quartet of daughters. She loved her home and the town she lived in. She was brave and didn’t give up. She stayed in a hard marriage that turned into 51 years.
Mom worked hard and taught us to do the same. Anyone who ever tasted her cooking praised her work in the kitchen. She was a list-maker to the very end and funny, too. She had us laughing, even in the last days.
She enjoyed reminiscing and in the last year of her life, she shared treasured memories with us as often as we would sit and listen.
She commented on one of my posts called “51” about a year before she left us and several months before Daddy passed.
Thank you for the beautiful words you put together for Wayne and I. I do believe our four beautiful and wonderful daughters had so very much to do with us making the marriage work. Not only our girls, but our friends and families that were praying for us through all the difficult times. Ultimately, it was God and his love that got us through the rough times. Also, I knew Wayne was a godly person and did not want the life we were living with the drinking problem. I knew that one day he would ask God to remove the desire for drinking away from his mind, body and heart. God answered that prayer and today we continue trusing in God and his promises. Thanks to our four daughters for what they have given to us, their love and trust and our ten grandchildren.
Each time she spoke of her life, she was thankful.
To God…..for us…..for Daddy….for her other family…… and her wonderful friends. She was thankful for everything. She praised God.
Let everything that has breath praise the Lord. Praise the Lord. Psalm 150:6
I think she was in line for dreams and hers came true.