Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Remembering Mom

Jacqueline Turley
March 11, 1937 - September 28, 2010
It was one year ago today that my mother passed away. It's really hard to believe that a whole year has passed. Not a day goes by that I don't think of her and shed a tear. Some days quite a few tears are shed. Some days the pain is greater, almost too much to bear. Does one ever get over such a loss? I hope not.

I do find comfort in my faith that mom will find peace with God. She suffered a lot over the years, but always kept her smile. Her life revolved around her love for her family and friends. In talking with her friends over the past year, they always relate how much she did for the people around her. She really cared about other people and didn't hesitate to show it. Sure, mom kept Hallmark in business because she never missed a chance to send a card, usually several cards, for any and all occasions. But she also expressed herself in her own more personal ways, never letting her stroke and resulting speech issues stop her. I still remember those long, long, bear hugs she gave when greeting or saying good-bye.

I'm finding out now that mom saved everything. Everything. I have been treated to so many memories while going through the papers and photos she put away. Even the $2.37 IOU she apparently wrote to me when I was a child. I don't recall it, but, mom, that "debt" has been repaid manyfold.

Mom, I love you and pray that someday I'll feel your hugs once again.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord, and let perpetual light shine upon them.
May the souls of the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.

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