It has been two years on January 30th that you passed away and are with the LORD. No matter how much I have moved along into tutoring three young children in reading and math, continue to blog, and have more time with my dear Kenneth, I STILL MISS YOU! Can’t help it!
You were a beautiful woman, inside and out. You were fun and vivacious, smart and talented, headstrong and rather outspoken. You lived close to me for the last fifteen years of your life. You also lived with me in the late eighties when you came to Washington, D.C. while I was teaching first and kindergarten in the inner city. You loved to come to school with me once a week and work with some of the children. They called you Grandma and, of course, you thought that was the best. The children looked forward to your regular visits. And, of course, you loved D.C. for that was our last duty station before Daddy died. You and Daddy were in that city when you found out that you were pregnant with me. And you just loved the history and art that our nation’s capital offers.
“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
After being gone from this life for two years now, the tough times — when you were ill, or fell, needing surgery and hospitalization, or when the dementia rattled your mind so terribly — those all seem to be fading in my mind and in my heart. I recall more of our sweet moments than I do those hard ones, although those do still surface. Just not so often or so harshly.
Mama (yes, I called you Mom from my early teenage years until the last couple of years of your life when you became “Mama” to me; seems to be the name I call you most often now too)… your love for me, and for all of your family, feels like your heart is wrapped around mine now. You said some sweet and loving things to me at the end of your life that I cherish. I just wrote about journaling and caregiving for Soli Deo Gloria Connections. It is often through those journals that the exact words you said to me are pulled out and into my heart. I am grateful that I took the time to write, often sitting at the side of your bed as you slept.
Listen to your father who gave you life,
and do not despise your mother when she is old. Proverbs 23:22
Oh, Mama, you loved your baseball and the Chicago Cubs where you were born and raised. You even came to enjoy the small town games of our minor league team for it was baseball and that is what you loved. Mama, you even got me to these games. You loved having this daughter (who really was not a baseball fan) to join you at the games! (Actually, you can see that I was, truly was, having a good time!)
In your last years, you had lost a lot of that vim and vigor, yet your heart still loved. You loved the staff where you lived. You loved many of those around you. Most of all, you loved your three girls and our husbands, and your grandson. Oh, Mama, you would love Parker Lily, your great granddaughter. She is a dear child. She would love you too. You would love Zephyr’s beautiful wife, Kiki. She is a good mother, Zeph a good daddy. Nancy loves Kiki so much and is so happy for Zeph. Kiki and Zeph dress Parker Lily like you would have dressed her…cute, classy, and beautifully. Oh, I am so sorry you never met Kiki nor Parker Lily. But you knew about your dear great granddaughter. With the blown-up photos on your wall, you would touch little infant Parker’s, talking to her, calling her by name.
You also came to know the LORD for which I am ever grateful. Mama, you are with Him and loving Him in all His Holiness. I praise Him.
Mama, I needed to talk to you today. To write this letter to you. It barely covers any of my memories, but the most important thing I want to say is that I LOVE YOU!!!!!! So much.
Your ~ linda lou
Thank You, LORD, for giving me this mother. You have blessed me beyond my comprehension for I was loved by both of my parents. I have missed my father for 54 years now, but even after all those years, the missing never stops. The love I still feel from him has not stopped either. You have given me life and family. You have blessed me with knowing that Mama is with You. O LORD, thank You. Thank You. I am forever grateful for Your laborers who were ready and went into Your harvest. May I continue to walk the path that You have made for me with remembrance of my parents, honoring them. I pray in the Name of Jesus. Amen.