During the week with family in California, I spent a couple of hours with my mother’s dearest, lifelong friend who is now 92 years old. She was so special to my mother that she, and her first husband who has been deceased for many years, were named my godparents. I called them Aunt A… and Uncle B…. They were close and cared about us almost as much as biological parents. After moving Mom to Texas in 1998, Aunt A would call me about every 6 weeks to check on Mom. When Mom was in a good place and felt like talking on the phone, we would call Aunt A. The two of them would reminisce, catch up on family, and laugh like girls. They met in 1942 when they worked for the Naval Supply Depot in San Diego, California during WWII. Mom was 27 and Aunt A was 18. Mom was given the task to train this young new employee. They became best of friends and stayed in touch over the many Navy moves we had and then stayed close through the rest of Mama’s life. After finding out about Mom, Aunt A would always ask about me, how and what I was doing, and then reassured me that she would be praying for me. She knew that I was in a hard place being a caregiver as she was one twice, for both husbands. She understood what I could be facing and was always there for me. I also knew that I could call her to talk, cry, or laugh. She cared and understood. I love this woman so.
We were blessed to see her and two of her three daughters. We loved, laughed, and I had tears at the end. As I was leaving, not only did I think to myself that this might be the last time I would see her on this earth, but she said to me, “You look so much like Eleanor (my mother).” Then I turned back around to her and hugged her. She then said, “When you walked in today, honey, I thought, ‘Oh my, she looks like Eleanor!'” Tears welled up and they are now as I type these words. I was so blessed, knowing that I have been truly loved by both women. Aunt A is so dear to me as was my mother.
I had a God-woven moment that day and am having one now while I type these words. I am truly in His Presence.
“Honor your father and your mother, that your days may be long in the land that the LORD your God is giving you. Exodus 20:12
Thank You, Father, for these precious women in my life. I thank You for my mother. She bore me, raised me, and loved me for 65+ years. She was just the best. I thank You for Aunt A as she still loves me to this day and cares so much. I was just nine months older than her son whom she has lost now. I thank You that You gave her three daughters as well. Her prayers, her care, her love have meant the world to me, especially these past years as I cared for Mama and after Mama died. She is just so special. Thank You for the time my sister and I had with her and her daughters last week. You wove beautiful moments with love and words that I hold dear. In the Name of Jesus, I pray. Amen.
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