Thursday, March 25, 2010
HAPPY BIRTHDAY: A DAY OF SMILES AND TEARS
Five years ago today, I bought the saddest card in my life. I knew that it would be the last, "Happy Birthday, Mom" card that I would ever need.
By sheer will and determination my mom postponed her last day on Earth until her birthday dawned. It's difficult to fathom how much grit that it took for her to hang on until the early morning of her birthday, but she would leave her Earthly home on her own terms. In spite of her pain and weakened condition, she made sure that those who loved her wouldn't be burdened with two milestones. Her last gift to us was to wait until her birthday to let go of the pain and thus turn her birthday into the beginning of her new life.
Thanks, Mom. Know that you will always be here in our hearts. We miss you, but don't worry, because we are doing okay. You were worried about us and we'll be fine. Remember that down here time seems forever, but before you know it, we'll be together, again.