All Mothers Live Forever

It’s Mother’s Day again; time for all the accolades and loving feelings to warm our hearts because of the love our mother imbedded into our souls. We celebrate our mother because of the undying love she gave to us. When we were hungry, she gave of herself to fill our tummy. When we were tired, she nestled us next to her heart where we could remember the journey we traveled to arrive here. Everything turned out because she took care of herself and then she took care of us.
 
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Every year some of us lose our mothers and face our first “Mother’s Day” without the luxury of a hug or a smile from her. We even mistakenly think that remembering her causes pain. I would suggest that it’s not the memory that hurts because mothers live forever.
 
Mom always said. Who doesn’t remember those quick little truisms that she rattled off her tongue when we thought we had a problem? From “I’ll give you something to cry about,” to “Let me kiss it and make it better,” mom always had a word for our situation. Those words live well beyond her time among us. We even pass them on to our children who find similar situations where her words live in their children’s lives. Like I said, forever.  
 
Mom always did. We still use her decorating and cooking and cleaning habits whether they work or not. Like cutting off the end of the ham because her mother didn’t have a pan big enough, sometimes we repeat her actions as if they are gospel. It is comforting to do it the way we saw it done for our entire lives. If it doesn’t work, it should. Mom did it that way.
   
Mom believed in an Eternal Lord. If you were fortunate enough to have a mom who brought you to gathering places like this and sat you down next to her while she sang and prayed and listened to the most important words ever spoken, you know what I mean. Her Lord promised, “I will be with you always.” She believed those words. Her presence is equally powerful through her words, actions and the undying love she expressed.  
 
Don’t let anyone tell you that you must “move on” from grief; we move forward with those who loved us so dearly because they will always be present with us. These words are from Nora McInerny’s inspiring TED Talk on grief.